By now many of you all have probably read the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article that talks about State Representative and Democratic Candidate for US Senate Rick Noriega's campaign donations from Bob "Swift Boat" Perry. For those that have not, it's right here. Mr. Perry's contributions to Republican candidates and his great contributions to smearing Senator John Kerry's candidacy are well documented at this blog and every other blog in the world that supported John Kerry for President in 2004.
Noriega has taken $7,000 from Perry since 2006. Team Noriega says its because Perry admired his work in Houston with the Katrina refugees. Which I don't, for a second, believe is a lie. Noriega has also consistently voted against Perry's tort deform interests in the Legislature.
Having said all that, this is still the man who spent millions of dollars in 2004 against John Kerry and helped invent the word "swiftboating." In 2006 Perry, alongside such Republican faithful as Tom Craddick and Texans for Lawsuit Reform, tried to stem the Democratic tide by giving prolifically to the opponents of Joe Heflin, Hubert Vo, Joe Farias, Juan Garcia, Donna Howard, Valinda Bolton and Ellen Cohen.
So what does this all mean for you? Should Representative Noriega have said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to those contributions? Does this influence your future decision on who should be the Democratic Nominee that knocks off John Cornyn? Does anyone believe that Perry's admiration of Noriega's work in Houston will in any way, shape or form keep Perry from Swiftboating Noriega in a general election match-up against Cornyn? Should we, as Democrats, take a principled stand on those members of our party who take money from Bob Perry?
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Sean-Paul Kelley over at the Agonist has more, including the $20k Melissa Noriega, Rick's wife and Houston City Councilwoman, has also taken from Swift Boat Bob.