“We’ve made the decision that a better use of the governor’s time is to talk directly to Texans and reporters throughout the state,” Miner said, adding that the Perry campaign will also continue to use social media extensively.
Perry will field questions from reporters after his public events and in interviews. What he won’t do is go to newspapers around the state and spend an hour or more at each stop answering questions from editorial writers, editors, publishers and whoever else sits in on those meetings.
Perry did not meet with any editorial boards in the March Republican primary, and it worked out pretty well for him. He beat his chief rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, by 20 percentage points. The question is, will his decision to snub the top brass at the state’s newspapers make more of an impact in a general election?
The Perry camp doesn’t appear to think so. But there is some danger here in light of the fact that Perry also says he will not debate White until White meets his demands, which are that White release tax returns from his years in the U.S. Department of Energy and as chairman of the Texas Democratic Party.
White has been highly critical of Perry’s decision to skip editorial boards in the primary, suggesting that the decision shows Perry’s arrogance. And White is making a thorough effort to meet with those boards. He recently stopped for an endorsement interview at the Killeen Daily Herald, which isn’t exactly a traditional stop for gubernatorial candidates.
Miner said Perry isn’t afraid to take questions. “Governor Perry’s the most scrutinized governor in the history of Texas,” Miner said.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Rick to follow primary game plan on editorial boards...
These newspapers which are increasingly liberal increasingly activist and increasingly irrelevant will not be getting time with Rick (link). Excerpt follows...
I hope this sparks a trend among Republican candidates. Just boycott the courting process of these peeps who are predisposed to vote against you anyway...