Rick Perry Ducks Rental Mansion Poll Question from KVII Amarillo (VIDEO)

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Rick Perry's decision to live in a $10,000-a-month rental mansion on the taxpayer's dime is not sitting well with Texans from across the state, especially at a time when Perry is asking everyone in Texas to tighten their belts. The latest outcry comes from KVII-TV in Amarillo, Texas. They have run a poll on their website asking:

With the state facing a budget shortfall, do you think it's right for Governor Rick Perry to spend more than $10,000 a month in taxpayer money for a rent house?
Yes — 10%
No — 90%
Total Votes: 1789

The TV station has run the poll all week. On Tuesday of last week, 600 people had responded to their poll — which prompted KVII to take notice. They called the Governor's office looking for a response to their poll, and got no reply. Here's their video report:

The full write-up of their story is below:

Perry's comment is 'no comment' 

AMARILLO,TEXAS — Governor Perry has already commented on his current housing situation to members of the press in Austin, but we watned to let him in on our connectamarillo.com webpoll from Monday night.

When asked by the press, his response about the state's money spent on housing “If that's the best cut anybody's got of leadership in the state of Texas, then bring it on.”

We called his office Tuesday to get a response on our webpoll and voter's opinions, speaking with a lady who identified herself as Ashton.

“We're just trying to get some kind of a reaction from you guys today.”

“Okay…who are you with?”

“KVII-TV in Amarillo.”


“Channel 7”

“Okay, I'll let you know.”

“Thank you very much.”

Ashton never called back.

We did some digging and found that 8 years ago when Mike Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas, his family lived in a triple wide mobile home for three years while their mansion was renovated. Compared to current spending here, that cost was 1/20 what Governor Perry is spending.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Rick Perry can live like a king
    b/c he supports an oligarchy over a democracy.  Rick is happy with a government run by a few elites for a few elites b/c Rick Perry is an elitist himself.  

    What public servant needs to live in a temporary rental mansion that costs taxpayers $10,000. a month?  Given the tough economic times most of us are feeling these days, Perry's sense of entitlement and lack of empathy is simply beyond the pale of anything decent.  It just goes to show how out of touch Perry is with everyday people.

    Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was certainly willing to live in a more modest home when the Governor's mansion there needed repairs.  Huckabee agreed to save his taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    I guess Rick Perry has a much stronger sense of entitlement and possesses no empathy for the people of Texas at all.  

    What a surprise.


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