Come and take it! GOP Gov. Rick Perry answers campaign attacks with style that’s classic TexasBy AP
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Come and take it! Perry fights attacks Texas style
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry heads a state with a multibillion-dollar-and-growing budget shortfall. The EPA wants to strip the state’s power to police its air quality. He’s the butt of jokes for spending tens of thousands of tax dollars to rent a swanky house.
But that’s not hampering his campaign for a historic third four-year term as governor.
He has the “Marlboro Man” looks and easy comfort in cowboy gear that plays well in the television ads that highlight campaigns in his immense state of 24 million people.
So far, Perry’s used his place as the state’s top Texan to brush off any bad news. The sober message from the campaign of Democratic challenger Bill White about the governor’s failings isn’t yet enough to knock Perry from his perch as the November favorite.