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  •  Well, actually I mentioned this 3 times last year: (6+ / 0-)

    (re-posted from Back to Basics diary earlier this morning


    Consider the alarm bell having been sounded, at least 8 months ago.

    Glad someone else is paying attention.  I've been thinking and then saying this for a while.  Many seem to think it's either a joke, or Perry is, or no one will go for another Texan.  Anyone want to bet on that, or any of those?  And if not POTUS, I submit Perry wants whatever he can get: VP, Sec. of Energy, Agriculture, or whatever.

    May I also point out that the political leadership of the GOP includes two others inthe "Texas Mafia":

    1.  Pete "Taliban" Sessions, TX-32 (my very own Congresscritter) , who is Chair of the GOP CCC (Congressional Campaign Committee); and

    2.   Senator "Big" John Cornyn who is chair of the GOP SCC (Senate Campaign Committee).

    Their jobs are not to represent their constituents from Texas.  They travel the country, and work the halls of Congress, raising money for and supporting candidates against YOUR Democratic Representative or Senator, and raising money for and supporting incumbent Republicans against that candidate you've been trying to run against the incumbent GOP officeholdetr.  It's what they DO!

    Add TRick Perry to that as  aPresidential candidate, and... well, you see where this heads.  NOT GOOD FOR ANY OF US!

    Do not pooh-pooh Perry, and do not underestimate him.  He has ambition, money, power, and means.  He's been burrowing in to the power structure here in Texas for nearly TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS!  

    He was first elected as a DEMOCRAT to the state Legislature in 1984.  Then, was Agriculture Commissioner for two terms, then Lt. Gov., then took the Governorship when Wleft to be pResident.


    Perry was elected to full terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010, an unprecedented feat in Texas political history. With a tenure in office to date of 10 years, 148 days, Perry is the longest serving current U.S. governor, having succeeded North Dakota Governor John Hoeven who resigned on December 7, 2010.

    Texas Legislature
    In 1984, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from a district (64) that included his home county of Haskell. He served on the House Appropriations and Calendars committees during his three two-year terms in office. He befriended fellow freshman state representative Lena Guerrero of Austin, a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry's reelection bid in 2006 on personal, rather than philosophical, grounds. Perry was part of the "Pit Bulls", a group of Appropriations members who sat on the lower dais in the committee room (or "pit") who pushed for austere state budgets during the 1980s.

    Perry supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and was chairman of the Gore campaign in Texas.

    In 1989, The Dallas Morning News named him one of the most effective legislators in the 71st Legislature.[citation needed] That same year, Perry announced that he was joining the Republican Party.[11]

    [edit] Agriculture Commissioner
    In 1990, he challenged incumbent Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower. Hightower had worked on behalf of Jesse Jackson for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, while Perry had supported U.S. Senator Al Gore of Tennessee. Perry narrowly unseated Hightower, even as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Clayton Williams, went down to defeat at the hands of Ann Richards.[12]

    As Agriculture Commissioner, Perry was responsible for promoting the sale of Texas farm produce to other states and foreign nations and supervising the calibration of weights and measures, such as gasoline pumps and grocery store scales.

    In 1994, Perry was reelected Agriculture Commissioner by a large margin, having polled 2,546,287 votes (61.92 percent) to Democrat Marvin Gregory's 1,479,692 (35.98 percent). Libertarian Clyde L. Garland received the remaining 85,836 votes (2.08 percent).[13]

    [edit] Lieutenant governor
    In 1998, Perry chose not to seek a third term as Agriculture Commissioner, running instead for Lieutenant Governor to succeed the retiring Democrat Bob Bullock. Perry polled 1,858,837 votes (50.04 percent) to the 1,790,106 (48.19 percent) cast for Democrat John Sharp of Victoria, who had relinquished the comptroller's position after two terms to seek the lieutenant governorship. Libertarian Anthony Garcia polled another 65,150 votes (1.75 percent).[13] Perry thus became the state's first Republican lieutenant governor, taking office on January 19, 1999 until his ascension to the governorship on December 21, 2000 upon the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush.

    [edit] Governor

    A photo of Rick Perry on August 28, 2004 from his tour of Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.Perry assumed the office of Governor late in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to prepare for his presidential inauguration, becoming the first Texas A&M graduate to serve as Governor.

    What can I add?

    Nice work, B2B.  Keep it up.

    2012 will be WAY too interesting an election, I fear.

    Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Wed May 18, 2011 at 12:36:52 PM PDT

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