Texas On the Potomac: “Perry named one of worst governors by national ethics watchdog group”

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From Texas on the Potomac, a blog of the Houston Chronicle, we get this story: “Perry named one of worst governors by national ethics watchdog group”:

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the nonpartisan watchdog group that has hounded politicians from both parties, this morning chose Perry as one of “the nation's most incompetent and unethical governors.”


CREW singled out six Perry controversies. Among them, the group said that the governor “allegedly disregarded campaign finance laws and aided a business that was especially generous to his campaign” and “accepted travel and campaign donations from a business that received benefits from his official actions.”

The group also accused Perry of rejected federal economic stimulus money “in a manner that appeared to put partisan politics ahead of the interests of the citizens of Texas” and “has perpetuated the revolving door between government and special interests.”

CREW has taken a strong stance against Democrat Charle Rangel, of New York, and is certainly not a Democratic-dominated organization.

Rick Perry has a long history of ethical issues, as this post from The Other 49 Percent shows “Hutchison Ad 'Boss Perry' Examines Perry Appointees”:

In this web-ad, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison challenged Governor Rick Perry for various appointments he has made as Governor. The ad features the following stories:

  • Perry pressuring Texas Tech regent Mark Griffin to resign because Griffin supported Hutchison over Perry. (Source – KCBD Lubbock)
  • Perry lobbying the UT Board of Regents on who they should hire as chancellor (Source: Austin American-Statesman)
  • Perry’s removal and replacement of the chairman of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. (Source: The StandDown Texas Project)

  • Perry questioned of “meddling” with the Teacher Retirement System pension fund. (Source: Austin American-Statesman)

  • Perry’s chief of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission soliciting donations for Perry. (Source: Dallas Morning News)
  • Perry’s appointed Texas Youth Commission ombudsman indicted for smuggling contraband into a TYC facility. (Source: Dallas Morning News)

About Author

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.

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