Rick Perry's $10,000-a-Month Rental Mansion On TV, In Cartoons

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The Associated Press story from yesterday  — “Gov. Perry's temporary digs costs Texas big bucks” — made the rounds across the country yesterday. It was the #2 story, with its own box & photo, atop Yahoo for a long time. And Nick Anderson, political cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, took the opportunity to illustrate another classic:

Anderson gets to the heart of the issue extremely well. For weeks, Texas headlines have proclaimed that Texas is facing a $15 – $18 billion budget shortfall in the upcoming legislative session. The headlines on Quorum Report within the last hour proclaim that Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and Republican Spekaer Joe Straus have made decisions on $1.2 billion in budget cuts. For Rick Perry to be living the lavish lifestyle of luxury right now — at a time when everyone else in Texas is having to tighten their belts — is ridiculous. It's a perfect example of his arrogance — and a prime reason why he is extremely vulnerable this election cycle.

Austin TV station KXAN ran a brief story on the rental mansion, as well. Watch the video below, and check out the links at the bottom of the post for more on Perry's extravagant lifestyle.:

Finally, here's the Texas Democratic Party video about the rental mansion:

Previously on BOR:


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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