“When reports first emerged that Bill White profiteered from Hurricane Rita, I called upon him to resign from the governor’s race if he could not fully explain his actions.
“Since then, Bill White has given contradictory explanations and falsely denied that he provided preferential treatment to BTEC, a company he had a financial relationship with. We now learn that Bill White intervened on BTEC’s behalf to resolve a financial dispute between the company and the Coastal Water Authority.
“Because Bill White has failed to come clean with the people of Texas, I am again calling upon him to drop out of the governor’s race and to apologize to the people of Houston and our state for his unethical actions and for profiteering from a natural disaster while mayor of Houston.
“Bill White’s actions to benefit his business partners over those he was elected to represent, and then to personally cash in within months with an exclusive private investment, are shameful and despicable examples of betraying the public trust.”
Bill White for Texas campaign spokesperson Katy Bacon issued the following statement in regard to an Associated Press story:
"Bill White called on dozens of companies during the crisis of the hurricanes, and later made dozens of phone calls to ensure those who'd been called on were paid for services provided. No less, no more," said Bacon.
"Looks like Perry's campaign is pushing old news in an attempt to distract from his land deal scandal and the fact that he's on vacation in California ignoring the $18 billion budget deficit. As Bill White has said before, he had no financial interest in BTEC at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. BTEC never had a contract with the City of Houston. As a result of leadership by Bill White and a crisis team including Centerpoint, power was restored shortly before half a million people would have lost water and refineries along the ship channel would have shut down," Bacon concluded.
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Bill White was a hurricane profiteer. He used his position as mayor to bank on the backs of hurricane victims in Houston...