The "Perry Tale" of Rick-The-Reformer

As the wise old adage says, those who live in glass houses, ought not throw stones. That's the moral of today's "Perry Tale," tracking the truth-impaired governor of Texas as he stumbles madly across country in the vain of hope of being the GOP presidential nominee.

As the wise old adage says, those who live in glass houses, ought not throw stones. That’s the moral of today’s “Perry Tale,” tracking the truth-impaired governor of Texas as he stumbles madly across country in the vain of hope of being the GOP presidential nominee.

Rick’s latest Perry Tale is in the form of a campaign ad he’s running. In it, he scolds members of Congress who leave office to become lobbyists. That’s “a form of legal corruption,” Perry piously intones. Well, he’s right about that, but there’s not even an iota of truth in the suggestion that he’s the one to fix it. As governor, Perry’s been the poster child of revolving door corruption between his own office and corporate lobbyists.

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For example, guess who is now heading the super-PAC that’s supporting Perry’s White House bid? Mike Toomey, who went from being a state legislator to being a highly-paid tassel-toed corporate lobbyist in Texas. Then, Toomey-the-lobbyist spun back through that revolving door of corruption to become Governor Perry’s very own chief of staff. Then – whoop, whoop, whoop – he spun out again to become an even higher-paid lobbyists, using his ties to Perry to get government favors for his corporate clients.

Indeed, several of Perry’s top staffers have been “revolvers,” coming to his office directly from the lobbying corps, or leaving the governor’s office to go into corporate lobbying – or both. And while he’s now pointing his finger of shame at Washington’s revolving door, he’s hush-hush about the fact that Texas has had more lawmakers-turned-lobbyists than any other state. Yet, in his 10 years as governor, he never made a peep of protest about their corruption.

No matter what Perry’s campaign ads say, “Rick-The-Reformer” is to governmental ethics what Newt Gingrich is to marital fidelity.

“Perry ad chides lawmakers-turned-lobbyists, in which Texas led U.S.” Austin American Statesman,” December 14, 2011.

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