Rick Perry's $225,000 Vanity Plate

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The Austin American Statesman's John Kelso wrote his column today about Perry's racecar, and poked a lot of fun at him in doing so. From his piece, titled, “A Perry race car? That's one way to rev up campaign“:

It's good that Perry took the $225,000 out of his campaign stash and not out of the $16 billion in stimulus money he's accepted from the feds up in Washington to keep Texas afloat. Otherwise, people might start calling his car the Obamamobile.

If you've donated to the Perry for Texas Governor in Perpetuity campaign, this is where your money is going — around and around. But the car is colorful — blue and red. I'm surprised Perry didn't send it to a detail shop to have the blue scraped off.

The good news is that if Perry decides to secede, he can now secede at 188 miles an hour…

Then there are the older NASCAR fans who will vote. Still, how many of these monkey wrenc enthusiasts would vote for a Democrat anyway? Three? World's smallest groups: San Franciscans Against Art, and NASCAR Fans Who Own Che Guevara T-shirts. So why is Perry wasting his money to get people to vote who are going to vote for him anyway? I think it's because he likes seeing his name on the back of a NASCAR vehicle, which makes this, in essence, a $225,000 vanity plate.

Well said, John! And for icing on the cake, we have this photo — courtesy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — to take us into the weekend:


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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.


  1. Goofball
    What a good word and a good tag for “it.” Playing a goofball comes so easy for him. That picture says it all. Nobody does it better.

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