4/21/2010 3:54 PM
Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Bill White is making the GOP spin machine's job too easy. In 2002, Democrat Tony Sanchez made a campaign issue out of alleging that Gov. Rick Perry hasn't held a private sector job. Perry turned that into an instant campaign issue noting that he worked on his family ranch and served in the military. That attack boomeranged on Sanchez, and now it appears White may be repeating that mistake. Today's Wichita Falls Record-News reports that White criticized Perry for not holding a private sector job in a speech in Wichita Falls.
It didn't take long for the GOP to fire away at White. "Gov. Perry's extensive resume not only includes decades of service to the people of Texas. Gov. Perry has been a Texas rancher," states a Texas GOP mailer. "Until Democrats like Bill White seize control of that industry like they've taken control of so many others, ranching is in fact a private sector job. And, from 1972 to 1977, Rick Perry was a C-130 pilot for the United States Air Force, risking his life in overseas assignments to keep Americans safe. Evidently, liberal trial lawyer Bill White discounts this experience. Why else would he go out of his way to slam Gov. Perry's career?"