We already know Rick Perry is as corrupt as they come, practices "crony capitalism", and is happy to accept big donations in exchange for big favors.
The more we learn, the more we Dems want to keep him out of the White House. Then again, we're equally nauseous at the prospect of a President Romney. But back to the French Cuff Cowpoke and his pattern and practice of pay-to-play.
How tea baggers can continue to support someone who is so indebted to Big Biz/Big Corps is beyond me. Oh wait. Tea baggers are also indebted to Big Corps.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s humble origins and down home straight talk are central to his political identity, but for years Perry has enjoyed lavish perks and travel — mostly funded by a group of deep-pocketed supporters — that are allowed under his state’s lax ethics and campaign rules.
Some of the same Texas donors who have funded Perry's political rise also have footed the bills for Perry and his family to jet around the world, stay in luxury hotels and resorts, vacation in tony Colorado ski towns, attend all manner of sporting events and concerts, and to maintain, entertain -- and even pay the cable bill -- at the 4,600-square-foot mansion with a heated pool that taxpayers are renting for him at a cost of about $8,500 a month.
And that’s to say nothing of the wide range of sometimes-expensive gifts Perry has accepted over the years, including 22 pairs of cowboy boots, Stetson hats, belt buckles, cuff links and at least nine hunting trips.
Nine hunting trips? Clearly, he was never accompanied by Dick Cheney, since he doesn't appear to have any obvious facial scarring.
Craig McDonald, director of the liberal watchdog group Texans for Public Justice:
"[H]e has favors that he can give them, including policy, legislation, appointments, state grants and tax subsidies.”
Maybe Ricky could use some of that money to improve his "withering" health care system.
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