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

by: Phillip Martin

Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 00:23 PM CDT

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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That's not all... (0.00 / 0)
I've heard too many first hand stories from too many different people to totally discount the "rumors" of Rick Perry being known as "Governor Groper" among those who have worked at the Governor's mansion over the years. Behavior that's not necessarily "sexual," but certainly pushing the envelope. In a word: creepy. Like Bush's weird shoulder-rub incident with the chancellor of Germany a few years ago.

I think it's important. (0.00 / 0)
Perry's behavior says a lot about him. And the picture of him is shaping up to be (as you said) very weird.

I have to agree with Pat Greenburg over there on the Trailblazer blog in her response to a commenter:

Posted by Robert @ 1:58 PM Wed, Sep 23, 2009

To PatGreenberg:

That is sexist? Caring for your fellow human beings is sexist? Wow! This is the problem with you victim-class people, you can't accept natural human caring.

So sad a life you must lead. You must be one of the angst-ridden women who sneers when I hold the door open for them!


Posted by PatGreenberg @ 2:10 PM Wed, Sep 23, 2009


I like it when people open doors for me.

Touching the hair of someone that you do not know, in a professional setting, is a way of minimizing that person, of dismissing their professional credentials. It is also an egregious intrusion into another person's personal space. It has nothing to do with caring; as a matter of fact, it's a classic passive-aggressive move.

I am sorry that you cannot understand this.

Maybe it's just because (2.00 / 1)
he really wants the world to know he'd rather be a hairdresser.

I Concur (0.00 / 0)
How very strange.  I've never seen anyone do what Governor Perry does in the above clip.

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