What Texas Democrats Are Saying About Gov. Perry Today
January 19, 2012

TDP Statement on Rick Perry Dropping Out of Presidential Race

 Austin—TDP spokesperson Anthony Gutierrez released the following statement in response to Rick Perry dropping out of the Republican presidential race:

“Dropping out of this race is the first smart decision Rick Perry’s made in a long time. Unfortunately, the aftermath of Rick Perry’s presidential bid will affect Texans for a long time. 

Rick Perry’s presidential run didn’t only damage his ego; it had real, devastating consequences on our entire state. Rick Perry used our last legislative session and state budget as a prop to launch this run. He put his political aspirations ahead of the needs of Texas children, slashed billions from public education and refused to use any of the $6 billion in our state’s savings account. 

Tens of thousands of public school teachers are unemployed right now because Rick Perry wanted to position himself for a presidential run.* Despite their shared affinity for firing people, not even Rick Perry could get excited about endorsing Mitt Romney. Even Perry was bright enough to recognize a vulture capitalist when he saw one.

Sadly, Rick Perry’s dangerous political agenda did not dissolve with his presidential campaign. Perry’s Texas Republican clones are marching on to implement the most extreme aspects of Perry’s out of touch policy proposals.” 

*Perry prohibiting the legislature from using any of the state’s saving account known as the Rainy Day Fund led to $4 billion in cuts to public education funding and tens of thousands of teacher layoffs.

What Democrats Are Saying About Governor Perry
August 11, 2011

By now you know that Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to make a major announcement this weekend in South Carolina about his plans to enter the race for the GOP nomination for President.

No surprise. Governor Perry has been flirting with the decision for weeks and members of the media have reported on his every move.

Texas Democrats are ready to start attacking on the campaign trail.

(news release)



(Austin, TX) – Today, Rick Perry’s spokesman confirmed the Governor will run for President, and will make the announcement Saturday, as predicted.

“Not surprising, Rick Perry is making his announcement in South Carolina instead of Texas – there’s nowhere in the Lone Star State he could announce without an angry mob showing up,” said Texas Democratic Party Spokeswoman Kirsten Gray.

“The real “Texas miracle” is that the Governor dares talk about our jobs, after demanding a state budget that will lay off tens of thousands of our teachers and kill hundreds of thousands of jobs.  For Rick Perry, the only job that matters is his own – and starting Saturday, he can finally be honest about why he’s spent the entire year ignoring the problems he created at home.

“As Texans, it’s our responsibility to let voters across the nation know the truth about Rick Perry – that he’s been a disaster as Governor and would make an even worse President,” Gray concluded.

The reality behind Perry’s “Texas economy” talking points:


Rick Perry demanded a state budget that could kill hundreds of thousands of jobs

Fact: “Texas could see 335,000 jobs disappear over the next two years if lawmakers adopt the $83.8 billion budget that will go before the state House late next week, according to a state agency…

Harsh spending cuts in the budget could cost more than 146,000 private sector jobs and 189,000 government jobs, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Legislative Budget Board, a bipartisan committee.

This projection, which is based on mathematical calculations, runs counter to the pro-job push underway by Gov. Rick Perry and Republican lawmakers.”

ü  Source: “Texas budget could cost more than 335,000 jobs” – CNN Money


Perry is “creating” extremely low-wage jobs

Fact: More than half a million workers in Texas earn no more than the minimum wage – that’s more than twice as many minimum wage workers as any other state.

ü  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Minimum wage workers in Texas 2010


Rick Perry’s Texas was more dependent on stimulus funds than any other state

“Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

ü  Source: CNN “Texas balanced budget with stimulus money from Washington”


Perry’s “economic miracle” is a mirage that he owes to federal stimulus funds

Fact: “Almost half of the state’s job growth the past two years was led by education, health care and government, the sectors of the economy that will now take a hit as federal stimulus money runs out and the Legislature’s 8 percent cut in state spending translates into thousands of layoffs among state workers and teachers in the coming weeks.”

“Construction, manufacturing and information sectors lost jobs overall.”

ü  Source: Austin American-Statesman Should Perry get credit for Texas economy?


Perry’s Texas suffers from unemployment

Fact: “In May, some 985,656 Texans were unemployed, virtually unchanged from a year ago, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.”

ü  Source

Leo Vasquez Responds to Lawsuit Filed by Democrats
September 2, 2010

Leo Vasquez, Harris County Tax Assessor Collector, has responded to the lawsuit filed by the Texas Democratic Party.

Earlier today the TDP filed a lawsuit against Vasquez, who also handles voter registration.   The TDP said it took action to preserve the integrity of voter registration.

Here’s the earlier blog post:


(news release)

Democrats File Lawsuit to Protect “Non-Partisan” ACORN Group
HOUSTON – September 2, 2010 – The Texas Democratic Party filed yet another meritless lawsuit
today against Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar Leo Vasquez in an apparent
attempt to intimidate Vasquez from continuing his investigation of the questionable voter registration
applications submitted on behalf of a supposed “non-partisan” group, Houston Votes.  It has been
widely reported that the Advisory Board of Houston Votes is heavily stacked with notable Democrats. 
Vasquez released the following statement:
“Houston Votes has taken off its non-partisan mask by sending in the Democratic Party machinery to
fight its losing battle.  They can’t deny the evidence this Office has put forward of their misdeeds; so,
they try to divert attention by once again slandering this Office again.
“The Tax Office has, per the law, fully and completely processed each and every application that has
been submitted to it, even those that evidence obvious questionability.  It is our duty to refer that
questionable work over to law enforcement.
 “It is the Texas Democratic Party that is making reckless and baseless allegations.  No third party
group has been granted access to any confidential information of any voter outside of legal open
records requests available to any citizen.  We continue to zealously guard voter data.
“The Tax Office met today with representatives of the Democratic Party to discuss their concerns.
However, the Democrats were not interested in discussing actual facts. As we have seen in the past,
their lawsuit is just about political posturing.  
“In 2008, the Democrats never identified one single voter who was denied the opportunity to vote. 
We resolved the case by reaffirming the best practices, in full accordance with all applicable laws,
already in effect at the Tax Office. The resolution allowed Tax Office staff to return to work — the work
of registering every eligible citizen of Harris County to vote. We look forward to having this frivolous
lawsuit dismissed and completing that task.”
Office of Leo Vasquez
Tax Assessor-Collector &
Voter Registrar
Harris County, Texas