Top Talker: Texas Democrats Defend Governor Rick Perry

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By Liz Grodd

While Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to take some heat over the racially-charged name of his family’s old hunting camp, he is getting support from some unlikely people. The Texas Tribune reports that some Democrats in Perry’s home state are coming to the Governor’s defense. The Tribune quotes former Democratic State Representative Ron Wilson as saying Perry “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.” Wilson is an African American who served with Perry during his early years in the legislature.  Additionally, Texas State Senator Royce West, another African American Democrat said “I don’t agree with him on policy issues, but you can point to many things he has done that were sensitive to ethnic minorities.”

As for his presidential rivals, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said the name of the Perry family’s retreat is “offensive” but would not comment on the Texas Governor’s involvement. Meanwhile, Herman Cain, who on Sunday had said Governor Perry was insensitive for not acting sooner to remove the name, told reporters that he was satisfied with Perry’s explanation and wants to move on from the issue.  One reporter asked Cain if he regretted his Sunday comments and if he was playing “the race card.”  Cain responded, “All I said was the mere fact that that word was there was insensitive. That’s not playing the race card. I’m not attacking Governor Perry.”


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