TX-Gov (News of the Weird): Does Rick Perry Have a Hair Fetish?

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I'm not even sure what to make of this — I'm just throwing it out there: Does Governor Goodhair have some sort of hair fetish?

I know it seems absurd, but once in video (see below), and once to a reporter from the Dallas Morning News, he's been touching people's hair and straightening them out for them…and maybe it's just me, but twice like that in a short span seems like a calling card of personal behavior, and not just fluke instances. (Credit to the Trailblazers blog for raising these two instances to my attention).

Thiis clip from KXAN shows him petting down someone's hair:

Then read this from Marjorie Korn of the Dallas Morning News:

I had my own encounter with Perry's hair affinity last weekend, after his speech in Washington. It was my first time covering the governor, and I had tracked him down in the hallway to ask about his tête-à-tête with rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. But the tête he was most concerned with at first was mine. With a simple swift movement, the man known to many as "Gov. Good Hair" deftly smoothed some errant tresses--before brushing off my question about Hutchison's Republican primary threat.

Again, I stress — this is totally non-important, and just something I came across while reading newsclips on my lunch break. But it seems weird, and the fact that (A) it's happened twice, and (B) the Dallas Morning News posted it on their blog, made me pay attention enough to at least want to pass it on.



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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.


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