Website compiles 15-plus years of reporting on Texas Gov. Rick Perry
The Austin Chronicle is proud to announce The Perry Trap, a comprehensive collection spanning a decade-and-a-half of original reporting on Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry is widely expected to announce a presidential run this weekend.
Enter The Perry Trap at www.austinchronicle.com/perry
“Texas Gov. Rick Perry is now a national player, expected to take the stage in the GOP presidential campaign any day now (as of mid-August), and he’s making his rep as a coyote-shooting, Christian conservative, Tea Party sympathizer,” writes Chronicle News Editor Michael King. “All of those roles are accurate, as far as they go, but Texans (and The Austin Chronicle) have followed Perry’s rise from a state House Democratic backbencher, to a turncoat Republican Agriculture Commissioner and Lt. Governor, to the man-in-waiting to favorite GOP son George W. Bush. And at each stage, the ambitious politician, slicker’n spit on a griddle, has kept his eye on the main chance and risen by his willingness to be more calculating and ruthless than his colleagues.”
The Perry Trap highlights several passages in Perry’s career that he’d prefer you not notice, including:
News Editor Michael King continues:
“In the last decade, Perry has emerged from Bush’s shadow to become the longest-serving governor in state history — cutting property taxes while underfunding state schools and health care, denouncing federal spending while balancing the state budget with federal dollars, promoting corporate giveaways and ‘tort deform’ over all other state priorities, fighting environmental protection all over the state, and outstripping his predecessor in maintaining the Texas capital punishment death train. The Chronicle has reported Perry’s rise and regime from the beginning, and we’ve collected much of that coverage in ‘The Perry Trap’ — a reader’s handy anthology to the ins and outs, ups and downs, of the Wannabe President from Paint Creek.”
BOOKERS: Chronicle journalists who have covered Gov. Perry and the Texas Capitol for years are available for television and radio appearances. Contact The Austin Chronicle at 512-454-5766.
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