New Back To Basics Ad Targets Governor Rick Perry
October 14, 2010

Coming to a TV set near you today:  A new TV  political ad from the Back to Basics PAC .  

The ad claims that Governor Rick Perry used Hurricane Ike relief funds to help pay for restoration work on the Governor’s mansion.

A spokesperson from Back to Basics says this is a, “six-figure buy for a television ad exposing Rick Perry’s hypocrisy and lies after accepting stimulus dollars he claims he rejected.”

From Mark Miner, Governor Perry’s campaign spokesman:  “This ad represents more of the  same false and negative attacks you would expect from Bill White, the Obama attack machine and his fellow trial lawyers. Governor Perry is focused on addressing job creation, strengthening the economy, securing our border and improving education; issues that matter to the people of  Texas.”



New Ad Urges Gov. Perry To “Face the People of Texas”
October 5, 2010

(news release)

In Full Page Ad in 41 Texas Newspapers, Back to Basics Demands Rick Perry Face the People of Texas.

 Ad confronts Perry’s cowardly refusal to debate publicly, and to acknowledge record-setting $21 billion budget shortfall. (Austin, Texas)

Today, Back to Basics PAC is running a full-page ad in 41 newspapers across Texas, calling out Rick Perry for his cowardly refusal both to face voters in an open debate and to acknowledge that Texas is facing the worst budget crisis in recent memory. Seeing an urgent need for Perry to address our state’s budget crisis and his stubborn refusal to do so, Back to Basics has nearly doubled the number of newspapers of its run of the now infamous “Coward” ad.

As recently as Sunday, Perry was missing in action during a public gubernatorial debate. Back to Basics agrees with the many Texans who believe that Perry is simply afraid to answer questions about his dismal and costly 10-year career as governor. Following recent reports that Perry has accepted millions from political appointees to critical state agencies and corporate recipients of tax-payer funded grants, Texans are demanding that Perry, a 25-year career politician, be held accountable. In the new ad, entitled “Face Us”, Back to Basic outlines the implications of the anticipated $21 billion budget shortfall by describing how it will affect the lives of ordinary Texans. Last year, Perry covered his budget shortfall using $16 billion of President Barack Obama’s federal stimulus money. This time, Perry will not have stimulus money to cover the funding gap. Back to Basics has revamped a previously released website,, to feature in full the “Face Us” print ad. Additionally, Back to Basics PAC released the following statement:

“Rick Perry again proved what a coward he is by stiffing Texans and skipping out of Sunday’s gubernatorial debate. With a looming $21 billion budget deficit and the recent scandals showing Perry’s willingness to sell out our state government to campaign donors, it’s no wonder he’s afraid to face the people of Texas. “Texans are tired of long-time career politicians like Rick Perry, who hides from voters in his $10,000 per month, taxpayer-funded rental mansion, and refuses to be held accountable for his record. We encourage voters to get the facts for themselves at”

New Ad Targets Governor Perry – Calls Him A “Coward”
August 23, 2010

People across Texas are waking up on Tuesday morning and opening their newspapers to a tough new ad that targets Governor Rick Perry.

The ad, which runs in 24 Texas newspapers,  calls Perry a “coward”  for refusing to debate democrat challenger Bill White and for refusing to meet with editorial boards across the state.

In addition to the 24 full-page ads, Back to Basics also launched today to highlight what it calls,  “the miserable record from which Perry continues to hide.”

“Until Governor Perry agrees to a debate and sit down with editorial boards to defend his miserable record, we are going to call him what he is – a coward.  Texans don’t appreciate cowards or career politicians who only work part-time and then try to hide their miserable record. We encourage voters to get the facts for themselves at,” said a spokesperson for Back To Basics.

I don’t know if the ad will make one bit of difference inside the governor’s campaign headquarters.

While in Houston last week,  Governor Perry stood his ground when I asked him if  he planned to debate White before election day.

Perry is still challenging White to release more of  his income tax returns, covering the time period when White was deputy U.S. Energy Secretary and Chairman of  the Texas Democratic Party.

Meanwhile, White’s campaign says the  candidate’s financial records are an open book. 

White, who has released his income tax returns covering the six years he was Mayor of  Houston, says he does not plan to release any more documents. 

Both Perry and White plan to campaign in Houston on Tuesday.  We’ll try to get their reaction to the new ad, which is being funded, I’m told, by a Houston attorney.