If you've been paying attention to Rick Perry over the past year, you may have noticed that he's made multiple trips and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on ad campaigns designed to convince California companies to move their jobs to Texas. He's bragged about Texas's low taxes and low wages to make the case that Texas is a better place for businesses than California.
Apparently, though, Perry's bragging was all an act. In an interview with the Associated Press's Mark Leibovich this week, Perry had nothing but praise for California. During the interview, which took place in Beverly Hills, Perry reportedly told Leibovich “he loves California, vacations in San Diego annually, visits the state about six times a year and might even move here in January when he's done with his 14-year stint running Texas.”
Seems like if he were given the choice, even Rick Perry doesn't want to live in the Texas he's created.
Read more from Rick Perry's latest interview, including his latest comments on a future presidential run, after the jump. Rick Perry told Leibovich that the only reason he wouldn't move to California is if he decided to make another presidential run. But when Leibovich asked if he was planning a run, Perry's response was an eloquent, “I dunno.”
Perry claimed that he's spending this year trying to become a better person, by “attending the World Economic Forum in Davos and meeting with conservative economists and foreign-policy experts like John Taylor and George Shultz at Hoover.” These all seem to be designed for Perry to raise his profile in advance of another presidential run, although Perry is aware that his first run was a disaster. With all his trips to Iowa, California, and other places, one thing Perry's not doing during his last year as governor is focusing his attention on actually governing Texas.
If Perry does run for president, he's most likely going to use his supposed “Texas Miracle” as a large part of his platform. It didn't work last time, and by now it's been thoroughly debunked–Texas' low taxes and low wages have made the state surge ahead in the number of people who are impoverished or uninsured, while we've fallen severely behind in infrastructure. Until now, it seemed that Perry was pushing Texas to California in spite of those facts. Now it's clear that even Rick Perry knows that he's made Texas a worse place to live.
Perhaps that's why he's been spending so much time in California lately. In between trying to lure Tesla to Texas and comparing being gay to alcoholism, Rick Perry is probably looking at real estate so he can find a nice place to live when his term is up. Whatever he decides, one thing is clear–after the 14 years he's spent making a mess of Texas, Texans would be better off if he packed his bags and left for good.