Rick Perry's $10,000 a Month Rental Mansion Comes With a $700 Clothes Rack

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From Jay Root's story in the Associated Press: “Gov. Perry's temporary digs costs Texas big bucks”

With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

It costs more than $10,000 a month in rent, utilities and upkeep to house Perry in a five-bedroom, seven-bath mansion that has pecan-wood floors, a gourmet kitchen and three dining rooms.

Here is what the taxpayer dollars are going towards, based on great research by Jay Root at the Associated Press:

  • $18,000 for “consumables” such as household supplies and cleaning products
  • $1,001.46 in window drapes from Neiman Marcus
  • $1,000 “emergency repair” for an ice machine
  • $700 clothes rack
  • $70 for a two-year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine
  • $8,400 for maintenance of heated pool

Harold Cook, writing for Letters from Texas, has a suggestion for the Governor: “Substance versus swagger, mansion style”

Here's a stunning money-saving idea: get rid of the $700 clothes rack, or better yet sell it on Craig's List.

Meanwhile you can replace it with this, which you can get for free from any dry cleaner in town:

And another video we'll be posting again and again — the Texas Democratic Party takes Perry to task for his extravagance:

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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.

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