Perry vs. Hutchison: Round Two

Governor Rick Perry is in Houston today to talk about his plans to beef up border security.

But, it’s his ongoing political beef with U.S.  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison  that’s making bigger headlines.

Secretary of  State Hope Andrade released a letter saying the cost of the special election to replace Senator Hutchison could be as high as $20 Million.

Andrade, who was appointed by the Governor,  also says that a runoff  would cost taxpayers another $10 Million.

The Governor’s campaign released this statement about the Senator’s plans to step down and challenge Perry in the March 2010 GOP Primary.

Statement by Texans for Rick Perry Communications Director
Mark Miner on Hutchison Resignation Cost to Taxpayers

“The Senator’s potential resignation to run for governor amounts to nothing more than another taxpayer funded bailout, only this one benefits one person’s political ambition, leaving Texas taxpayers holding the bill. In addition to the Senator’s delegation-leading earmarks, her vote for a $700 billion Wall Street bailout, and her out-of-control spending habits, the potential cost to Texas taxpayers is $30 million.”

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Perry is already the state’s longest serving Governor, and wants another four years in office.

Senator Hutchison said she plans to step down by late October or early November, to prepare to challenge Perry in the March 2010 GOP Primary.

Once she steps down, Governor Perry will set the date for a special election to fill the seat in the U.S. Senate.

Late Thursday afternoon Senator Hutchison’s campaign sent the following response:

“Just because Rick Perry has successfully bullied some University regents  into resigning doesn’t mean he can bully Kay Bailey Hutchison out of this race. If Rick Perry had spent the last nine years doing his job instead of playing political games, mismanaging the state and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars, Texans would not need a new governor to come in and clean up his mess.”

– Jennifer Baker, Communications Director Texans for Kay

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