Friday, June 28, 2013

Governor Perry Sticks Foot in Mouth on State Senator Wendy Davis and is Called Out by Republican Speaker

Will Rick Perry run for another term as Governor or he is setting up to run for President again?  

Looks like Governor Perry has trouble in his own party in Texas with his over the top personal remarks against State Senator Wendy Davis as he attempted to score points with the National Right to Life people.  IMHO Perry will say anything to get the hard right on board his next run for President.  Cannot fathom he is going to run again for Governor as he has been Governor for over 12 years.  The last few have been a total disaster.
Top Texas Republican: Perry Crossed The Line With Remarks On Wendy Davis 
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) insisted Friday that he wasn't rendering a harsh judgment of state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) with remarks he made earlier this week, but a leading Republican in the Lone Star State doesn't share his interpretation. 
After Davis, the daughter of a single mother, led a filibuster effort to derail a tough abortion bill in the legislature earlier this week, Perry said it was "unfortunate" that she didn't learn a lesson from her own example. 
Perry subsequently claimed that he was actually offering praise of the Democrat, but Republican state House Speaker Joe Strauss evidently doesn't have the governor's back on the matter. Strauss said Friday that Perry's remarks undermine the GOP's effort to pass what would be one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country. 
“Disagreements over policy are important and they’re healthy, but when he crosses the line into the personal, then he damages himself and he damages the Republican Party,” Straus told The Texas Tribune.
The Texas Senator Wendy Davis who did the one-woman filibuster broken up illegally by Lt Governor Dewhurst may be the start of a resurgence of Democrats in Texas.  If she runs for Governor, Perry and Dewhurst can look back at their words and actions on the horrendous abortion bill and think maybe they should have  handled this differently instead of acting like dictators.   She is not going to let the change of time stamp on the bill by Republicans just go away.   Everyone watching the feed of the filibuster and the follow-on saw the bill was passed after midnight but it took until 4 a.m. for Dewhurst and Republicans Senators to admit it hadn't passed.
Filibuster heroine Senator Wendy Davis told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the time stamp was changed intentionally on the recording of the vote on SB 5 in order to make it appear as if the bill had passed. 
Watch here courtesy of CNN
“I know it was done intentionally based on a conversation that one of my Senate colleagues had with the office that actually puts that online or makes that information available,” Senator Davis told Anderson Coooper. “And he was told by them when he asked why it was changed that they were instructed to do it.”
Who instructed the change to the time stamp on the bill?  Here is the Texas Penal Code that applies to tampering with documents like Republicans tried to do this week:
Texas Penal Code Section 37.10:
person commits an offense if he:
(1) knowingly makes a false entry in, or false
alteration of, a governmental record;
(2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or
thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken
as a genuine governmental record;
(3) intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or
otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a
governmental record;
(4) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental
record or a blank governmental record form with intent that it be
used unlawfully;
(5) makes, presents, or uses a governmental record
with knowledge of its falsity; or
(6) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental
record or a blank governmental record form with knowledge that it
was obtained unlawfully.
Governor Perry with calling another special session at taxpayer's expense to pass this horrendous abortion bill may be regretting all of this before it is done since 80% of Texans oppose this bill.  His actions toward Senator Wendy David are disgusting and reflective of the hard right GOP attacks on women and their reproductive rights today.

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