Without publicly announcing it, Gov. Rick Perry took a taxpayer-funded trip to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to receive an award from the American Medical Association and hold a breakfast for the Texas congressional delegation the next day.
A tipster informs me that Rick, on his Twitter page (link), talked about his trip to Washington and that he didn't try to hide it at all. The evidence follows:
U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, said most Texas House members attended and listened to Perry talk about the stimulus, troops on the border and toll roads. Reporters were not invited to the "closed" meeting. Texas’ senators, including Perry’s likely GOP gubernatorial rival, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, weren’t there, either.
Perry’s news release announcing the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service, for Perry’s work to cap medical malpractice awards, was issued the day after he received it. The release is datelined Austin and does not mention that the event was held in Washington.
Post #1 (link):
Flew into Washington tonight for the American Medical Association's Nathan Davis Awards. About 30 degrees warmer outside right now in Texas.
Post #2 (link):
Just left Texas Medical Association reception here in Washington. They nominated me for the AMA's Nathan Davis award I received last night.
Post #3 (link):
Very grateful for TMA’s support and confidence. Humbled by the award. Leaving DC for God's Country!!
Maybe PoliTex needs to hire some fact checkers.
Rick vs. Kay: checking the facts, so you don't have to.
Actually, that's not true. I need your tips. This is the kind of stuff I want from you people out there. Send me these kinds of tips. I will post them. firstname.lastname@example.org is the address.
THANKS to the tipster who sent me a private message on Twitter about this. As promised, I am keeping my tipsters anonymous. I won't reveal my sources-- I'll go down like Judy Miller for you.