At least that was the old Rick Perry back in 1989, when he was a Democrat and the state chairman of Al Gore's campaign. He filed an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would've required the Rick Perry of 2011 to step down and resign as a public official before seeking other elective office.
Perry would be violating the spirit of an amendment he proposed to the Texas constitution in 1989. Filed that March, the amendment called for "the automatic resignation from office of certain public officials seeking other elective office."
Back when he wrote the amendment, Perry was a Democrat and far removed from any consideration of national office, let alone anyone's favorite in a statewide contest. He was a just state representative from west Texas. His proposed amendment failed.
"In 1989, Dem State Rep. Rick Perry believed that if a governor of Texas early in their term wanted to run for president, they should resign," says Jeff Rotkoff, a consultant with the Back to Basics PAC, a Texas political action committee that opposes Perry. "Why doesn't he stand by that belief today? Does he stand by that belief today? If not, what's changed?"
So who's right? Rick Perry of 2011, who wants Texan taxpayers to keep funding his $10,000 per-month mansion in the hills while he runs for President? Or the old Rick Perry? Should Rick Perry resign to run for President? Click here to cast your vote and make your voice heard!