Godspeed, Governor Perry

By Gene Hall

This is one of those occasions when I must say that the opinions here are mine alone.

I know Rick Perry a bit. My career as a spokesman for Texas Farm Bureau began almost exactly the same time as his first statewide political victory. Rick became Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in 1990. I was the moderator that year of a special satellite broadcast beamed to almost 200 county Farm Bureau offices in Texas. Karl Rove was on the stage that night. So were the real architects of Perry’s victory over Jim Hightower: TFB President S.M. True and Executive Director Vernie Glasson. We used primitive satellite technology to introduce Rick to Texas farmers and ranchers. They liked him. Many still do.

I was also the guy who stood next to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for much of the 2010 campaign challenging Governor Perry’s credentials on property rights. We became cross with one another over his veto of an important eminent domain reform bill. Of course, he won that election, too. In 2011, the governor and Texas Farm Bureau patched things up and worked together to produce eminent domain reform worthy of Texas.

This governor was very good at connecting with Texans. The longest-serving chief executive in our history would have to be, right? I haven’t made any decisions yet, but I could have voted for him for president.

I believe our government, primarily the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has become obsessive and reckless with punitive regulations that will do real damage to our economy. I know that Rick Perry would have moved to check that. He might, too, have at least started the job of scaling some of it back. It’s doubtful now that we’ll ever know.

Godspeed, Governor Perry. I wish you well.

Gene Hall

Public Relations Director
Texas Farm Bureau
I believe that the only hope for a food secure world is capitalism and reasonable profits for America’s farm and ranch families–that the first element of sustainability is economic survival.
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4 Responses to “Godspeed, Governor Perry”

  1. Russell Boening says:

    Gene, excellent observations. I too, worked hard to get Perry elected Ag Commissioner. And, I would do it again. Hightower was a disaster. Looking at some of the folks leading in the Republican race now, I could vote for Perry in a heartbeat. Thanks for the insight.

  2. Gene Hall says:

    Russell, it was one of Texas Farm Bureau’s finest hours. In your part of the world, one could not travel more than a couple of miles down rural roads without seeing a Perry sign on a fence or cotton trailer. Good times.

  3. Larry Winkelmann says:

    Gene, you and Russell are probably right. However, his last run for the president was a bad deal. I believe he made Texas look bad. I know other people who think the same way. For that reason he would have a hard time getting Republiican nomination. Even if he did get it, he would have to run a super campaign to convince people to vote for him. I would vote for him too. However, I know a lot of people that would not.

    • Gene Hall says:

      Can’t argue with any of that Larry. Who could forget “oops?” I believe Governor Perry was much better prepared this time, but could not get traction. I understand those feelings about him, on both sides.

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