Perry reshaped Texas, but foundered nationally
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Gov. Rick Perry was a champion of fiercely conservative social activism long before the tea party was born. He oversaw the “Texas Miracle” job-creation boom and became the most powerful Texas governor since Reconstruction.
But nationally, Perry is better known for his ‘oops’ presidential debate brain freeze or for not opposing forcefully enough the notion that Texas could secede from the union. For many outside the Lone Star State, he’s a political punchline on par with Dan Quayle – if he’s known at all.
Now, the longest-serving governor in Texas history is quitting his day job. Perry announced Monday that he won’t seek a fourth full term in office next year.
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today I’m announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas,” Perry said Monday. “I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation I will actively lead this great state. And I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future.” SOURCE
Overall Rick Perry has been a good Governor. Texas sits in a unique position compared to most states. We have more resources, lower unemployment, lower taxes, NO state income tax and all things considered, Rick Perry wasn’t too damned shabby!
Don’t misunderstand me; Rick Perry wasn’t perfect, but who among us is? I had my differences with Gov. Perry and I wasn’t a bit bashful in letting him and his staff know when there was a disagreement or a point of contention. But I never failed to praise Rick Perry when he was deserving of respect either.
Thank you for all you have done for Texas Gov. Perry.
Now, let’s get this party started!
If there is ANY justice in this world, if there is ANY hope for a better Texas, this man is that hope! Greg Abbott for Governor!
Will I support Greg Abbott? Yes indeed, I will, but I won’t hesitate to tell him and/or his staff if I think he has gone the wrong way in his efforts. I’m not one to sit idly by and watch an elected official do what I consider to be the wrong thing.
I won’t just sit back and *take it* anymore either. I will not hesitate to tell my elected officials that they need to remember that it is us, you and me, WE, THE PEOPLE that gave them the job they hold and if they want to keep it they need to know that the will of the people can be a powerful force to reckon with!
Some elected officials don’t take criticism well, they see it as a personal attack, and some elected officials believe that they are the smartest person ever born and that We, The People don’t have any idea of what goes on and have no business telling them what we think and what we want to see.
Some of those elected officials read here, or, their staff does, and they need to take note, a Congressman is a lot easier to replace than a Governor or a Senator. Just sayin’…