Did Perry's Chief Strategist, Dave Carney, Call KERA Debate “Retarded”?

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Well this is certainly interesting. From the conservative (and pro-KBH blog) Come and Take It:

This afternoon, KERA held a conference call with representatives from the Perry, Medina and Hutchison campaigns to hash out administrative details for this Thursday’s debate. I was lucky enough  to know someone who sat in on the call, and I’m told it was an interesting chat (to say the least).

According to my source, at one point during the negotiations, Rick’s chief strategist Dave Carney asked KERA how they planned to enforce their stipulation that no debate footage can be used by any of the campaigns in TV advertisements. When KERA provided an answer that Carney apparently found unsatisfactory, he began shouting at the station’s representatives, repeatedly calling KERA “retarded,” their debate policies “retarded” and their answer to his question “retarded.”


The blog post goes on to say something that is quite amusing, given the talk about today's Texas Monthly cover:

It’s not too hard to believe this really, seeing as Carney’s said it before: back in 2007, he declared on the record to a reporter that constant speculation that Perry has national ambitions is “one of the most retarded things about the political observers in Texas.”

Maybe Dave just saw the Texas Monthly story and finally blew his lid.


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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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