Democrats Blast New Perry TV AD
October 25, 2010

Governor Rick Perry has a new television ad that is getting an emotional reaction from some voters and harsh criticism from the Texas Democratic Party. 

The  ad features Houston Police Sgt. Joslyn Johnson, whose husband Rodney was killed in the line of duty by an illegal immigrant.  Johnson, along with the Houston Police Officers’ Union, claims that Houston was a sanctuary city that protected illegal immigrants while Democratic Candidate for Governor Bill White was Mayor for six years.

“It’s deplorable that Rick Perry would exploit the suffering of a murdered policeman’s widow for political gain. But what’s more, Perry’s lying about Bill White’s record to hide from his own record of failing to protect the public from deported sex offenders,” said TDP Chair Boyd Richie.  “For his first six years as Governor, Rick Perry failed to instruct his DPS to include deported sex offenders in a public database.  In the case mentioned in Perry’s ad, the killer was one of those deported sex offenders who had come back across the border that Perry has failed to secure.  Perry also ignored the abuse of children at TYC despite reports sent to his office for over two years, and that abuse continues to this day.  “Rick Perry was quick to exploit a tragic crime for political gain, but after ten years as Governor, his failures have become a threat to Texans’ safety.”

Widow of Houston Police Officer Featured in New Gov. Perry Ad
October 24, 2010

Photo courtesy office of Governor Rick Perry

I was getting phone calls before I  had a chance to see the new Rick Perry campaign  ad featuring Houston police sergeant and widow  Joslyn Johnson. 

Her husband, officer Rodney Johnson, was killed in the line of duty four years ago by an illegal immigrant who had been arrested and deported several times before the tragic incident. 

On caller described the ad as  “powerful” and another called the ad “a problem for Bill White.” 

The political ad  starts  with the officer’s widow stating  that White, the former Houston Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor, “supported sanctuary city policies that made it difficult for officers to safely do their jobs.”

The ad ends with Johnson saying, “I trust Governor Perry to secure our safety. Bill White had his opportunity as Mayor of  Houston and he failed.”

 White and his supporters maintain that Houston was never a sanctuary city during the six years that White served  as Mayor of  Houston.

 A sanctuary city is defined as a city that does not allow officers to ask about a suspect’s citizenship.  Critics say that protects illegal immigrants.

White says that during his final term in office, he did instruct the city jail to check the immigration status of those suspects who were arrested and many were turned over to ICE.

In a year when border violence is in the headlines and the immigration issue is dividing voters from Texas to Arizona  and the rest of the country, this ad will standout in the final days of the race for Governor of  Texas.

Harris County Deputies Organization Endorses Gov. Perry
September 20, 2010

The Harris County Deputies’ Organization, which represents nearly  two thousand law enforcement officers,  has endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

Governor Perry stood with members of the group during  a news conference at a downtown Houston hotel on Monday and called the endorsement, “significant and a big deal.”

 “The sacrifice and service the men and women of law enforcement provide our communities ensure Texas remains a great place to live and raise a family,” said Governor Perry.

“Bill White oversaw a sanctuary city and cooperated little with law enforcement.  We can’t allow this to happen to our state,” said  Bob Goerlitz, president of the organization.

Later  in the afternoon, during a news media availability, the former Houston Mayor  called the sanctuary city claim baseless.  “We didn’t make Houston a sanctuary city. We went after non citizens who committed crime. We arrested a lot of those folks,” said White.

White also noted that he has been endorsed by numerous law enforcement groups and sheriffs across the state, including Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.