This week, Rick Perry announced he is naming 82 disruptive thought leaders to RickPAC’s board of advisors. Of course, that’s not true at all; they are “wealthy Texans, including many energy executives, investors or other business leaders who have backed his previous campaigns” per the Washington Post, and almost entirely men. The small number of women on the list are largely married to men on the list.
This monied roster includes the disgraced former Republican nominee for Texas governor, Claytie Williams. That’s the person who said when women are being raped, they really should lay back and enjoy it. It speaks incredibly poorly of Rick Perry to have this sexist raspily whispering in his ear.
In the charade of modern politics where every presidential aspirant must form a PAC to feign interest in other candidates around the country, beg for money and repeat, Rick Perry is stepping out proudly. He’s showing us exactly who’s on the other end of those puppet strings, and exactly how proud it makes him to do their dance. “I look forward to working with the men and women on RickPAC’s Advisory Board to continue promoting policies that create opportunity for American families by allowing job creators to risk their capital and get a return on their investment, including low taxes and a smart and predictable regulatory environment,” he said of the announcement.
They’re not all Texans, and they can’t be if the former governor holds any chance next year. The Post again:
Among the longtime Republican donors supporting Perry are Hank Greenberg, former chief executive of AIG; Bill Fleischman, chief executive of a Los Angeles-based private equity firm; Papa Doug Manchester, a San Diego property investor and media executive; Georgette Mosbacher, a cosmetics chief executive; and Bob Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., a major coal mine operator.
This list has been a work in progress for a long time. Over the past two years, Perry has hosted many of these people in the governor’s mansion to make his presidential pitch for money. It looks like money wise at least, he may be able to stay presidentially afloat a bit longer than last time.