Bill White's team gave a phrase to a new accusation against the governor yesterday: Part-Time Perry. It makes sense, too, when his schedule reveals a significant lack of work.
Rick Perry's official schedules, released today, show he is not working on the budget crisis, or, it appears, much of anything. In 74 business days, Perry spent 24 days with no official work time, events, meetings or calls.
When Perry did have something on his calendar, it was often a press conference, media interview, or photo op.
That's absolutely disgusting. Yah, his official schedule doesn't include campaign events, but that just reiterates the “Perry Career Politician” theme. In this tough economy, Texans want a governor who works hard. Texans work hard, so their leader should, too.
The White press release continues by referring to the $18 billion dollar budget shortfall and how Rick Perry thinks “somebody just reached up in the air and grabbed” the number. Well, perhaps if he were in more meetings about it, Part-Time Perry would see that the estimate comes from legitimate calculations.
One could go on for quite a while about how Part-Time Perry makes a horrible governor, but I shouldn't need to go into too much detail with the obvious. Perry's taste for extravagance on the public dime already appeared with the news of his rental mansion. He must be really enjoying it, too, with only a Part-Time job and plenty of apparent free time. Now, even the press can't fail to notice his lack of public service.
Here is Jason Embry:
Perry's records show a somewhat light official schedule at several points.
Take the third week of January. Perry had no state scheduled events on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday, he had a briefing on virtual high schools, followed by a press conference on the same topic. And the one event on his Thursday schedule was a phone call with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
“Maybe the Legislature should start paying Perry on an hourly basis to encourage him to stop ignoring the budget crisis and get things done,” White spokeswoman Katy Bacon said, referring to a projected budget shortfall of as much as $18 billion during the next two-year budget cycle.
As Harvey Kronberg analyzed in his subscription-required Quorum Report after discussing the importance of metaphors in campaigns: “recently, the White Campaign seems to be demonstrating a little snap in the political symbolism department.”