Recently a liberal PAC called ‘Back to Basics’ ran advertisements across 25 Texas newspapers calling Governor Rick Perry a coward for refusing to debate challenger Bill White. The issue, though, is transparency: Bill White has refused to release his tax returns from his years in public service, and therefore hasn’t been up front with the voters. Within the past tax releases that have been released, there was a mountain of evidence of shady, insidery deals that Bill White has made over the years, which have made him rich and, among other things, may have polluted Texas groundwater. So the debate question hinges over whether White will release his taxes; the Perry folks have said they’ll debate once White comes clean.
So this liberal PAC sought to jettison all that back story, by resorting to gradeschool namecalling. Thus, the idiotic “Coward” ad.
But during a Midland radio appearance earlier today, Bryan Preston, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Texas, clarified the Governor’s position and placed the spotlight on ‘Back to Basics’, which is funded by the incoming President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Steve Mostyn.
It’s an interesting tale of big-money, insider politics, and influence peddling Texas style.
Exit question: Who’s the coward here, the man who flew airplanes in the Air Force and has been in the public arena as governor for 10 years, or the man who is content to hide behind rich trial lawyers who’ll do all his dirty work for him?