January 25, 2008

Perry's staff is in some hot water

Remember that guy who filed all those requests for emails from the Governor's office? Well, the first batch is in and they are a hoot.

One e-mail from former Secretary of State Jack Rains sparked a heated discussion about the possibility that former state Rep. Ron Wilson, D-Houston, could be appointed by Perry to a high-level state post, such as the Texas Department of Public Safety oversight commission or the University of Texas Board of Regents.

"I cannot imagine a worse Republican appointment," Rains wrote Perry's office Nov. 2. "I would hope every Republican will urge the governor to never consider this racist for any office."

Wilson is black. Last May, he briefly served as House deputy parliamentarian under Republican Speaker Tom Craddick.

After receiving a copy of the e-mail, Perry's appointments secretary, Ken Anderson, wrote back that Rains, a veteran power broker in Texas Republican circles, had been drinking when he wrote the message.

"Ron might be called many things, but racist is NOT one of them," Anderson wrote. "Jack must have written that late in the afternoon after coming back from one of his long liquid lunches."

Rains told the Star-Telegram he wanted an apology from Anderson.

"I don't know Mr. Anderson. I don't drink at lunch, and he doesn't know me very well or he wouldn't say something stupid like that. You may quote me on that," Rains said.

In one series of e-mail exchanges, aides passed around a news article about state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.

In the Texas Weekly article, one of Zaffirini's opponents, former Webb County Judge Louis Bruni, calls the longtime senator an "evil, vindictive, mean woman."

"Can you believe this quote?" Kathy Walt, Perry's deputy chief of staff, wrote in an e-mail to fellow top aides.

"Truth can be mean," Black responded.

Zaffirini called Black's comments "outrageous" and suggested he was angry that she helped lead a successful drive to restore millions of dollars in community college funding that Perry had vetoed last year.

Black declined to discuss the specifics of the exchanges or to say whether apologies would be forthcoming.

Let's see... you managed to call a member of your own party who was appointed by 39% to be Secretary of State no less, a drunk. Then you try to float the idea of appointing Ron Wilson to something which is, in and of itself, the sign of a VERY disturbed intellect. Then you call a State Senator an "evil, vindictive, mean woman".

Nice work, y'all!

Posted by mcblogger at January 25, 2008 12:31 AM

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