“The American public got to see Gov. Rick Perry’s outreach to religious conservatives at the giant “Prayerpalooza” rally at Reliant Stadium in Houston a few days before he announced for president. A far more private but equally important plea for their support was delivered on a Texas ranch last weekend.
At a gathering of uncommitted social and evangelical conservatives at the Hill Country spread of mega-donor James Leininger, Perry spent several hours patiently answering queries on a range of issues, from his stand on immigration reform to the depth of his commitment to oppose abortion, people who were in attendance told The Texas Tribune.
During one exchange, Perry was asked — politely but directly — to assure the group that nothing embarrassing in his personal life would emerge during the 2012 presidential campaign.
With first lady Anita Perry at his side, the governor said that would not happen.
“I can assure you that there is nothing in my life that will embarrass you if you decide to support me for president,” Perry said, according to one of the participants, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.”
And we all know what happens when people aren’t authorized to speak publically — don’t we Mr. Mapother?
“Of course, a presidential candidate who has something bad lurking in his past wouldn’t just come out and say it as soon as someone inquires. It’s notable, though, that Perry was asked to begin with. There is a sense of anxiety among some conservative Republicans about this candidate who jumped in late, who hasn’t been fully vetted and who seems almost too good to be true in a GOP primary. The reassurance Perry gave is one that Republicans outside the Leininger manse will also want to hear.”
Does Anita want reassurance?
She sure looks like does.
But maybe it’s too late for that.
“For those of you not familiar, that’s the story circulating on the Internet about Rick Perry supposedly being found in bed with SecState Geoffrey Connor, and that Anita Perry was about to file for divorce.
This story will not be heard, much less taken seriously by the people of Texas and this country until it is picked up by a major newspaper or major TV network. Most Americans still do not get most of thier news via the Internet, and many folks don’t consider a story legitimate until it is on TV or the major newspapers.
Is this story going to break where it counts (print and TV), or is it doomed to a life of Internet lore?”
Well here’s Geoffrey Connor, you tell me!
Can we say “Visible From Space” boys and girls?
And now to sing us out (and in beloved memory of Antonio Urdiales) Dame Shirley Bassey!