The Honorable Rick Perry
Texans for Rick Perry
PMB 217, P.O. Box 2013
Austin, TX 78768
May 19, 2009
Dear Governor Perry,
As businesswomen, community leaders and mothers, it is always concerning and disheartening when we see people resort to behavior aimed at belittling women. Therefore, you cannot imagine how appalling it was to see your campaign's chief strategist liken our Senior Senator's primary campaign to "opening the doors of a whorehouse" in the pages of this past Saturday's Dallas Morning News.
While we come from all corners of Texas and from all walks of life, we come together to express beliefs that are shared by countless others. There is no room in campaign politics for your strategist's recent comments, and even less room for it in a discussion about the future of our great state. Not only do his words do a disservice to our efforts to provide conservative leadership, they denigrate the accomplishments of women everywhere.
What would be just as alarming, if it weren't something we as Texans had come to realize years ago, is that this slash and burn rhetoric is not new to your campaigns, or your governorship. The sentiments espoused by David Carney, that someone who isn't as ideologically pure as you claim to be has no place in our party nor anything to offer our state, is in keeping with how you've governed - through division and an appeal to fear.
Texas can do better; Texas certainly deserves better. In order to ensure that we are able to meet the challenges of the coming years, we must have leadership that addresses the needs of our entire state, not simply the wants of a select few.
We therefore call on you to apologize for and repudiate your adviser's words in the most serious manner, and believe these comments beg the questions: is this divisive rhetoric all you are left with, and should we expect more of it from your campaign? If so, we ask that you save the Republican Party and Texas the bother.
Denise McNamara, Dallas
Kris Anne Vogelpohl, Galveston
Betsy Lake, Houston
Penny Butler, Houston
Lisa Nowlin, Lubbock
Rosalind Redfern Grover, Midland
Jacque Allen, Wichita Falls