My guess is that the writer got mixed up and wrote
this as an April's Fool prank on the wrong day...
--- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...
> --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
> > To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
> > Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 12:33:10 -0000
> > Subject: [utepprogressives] Be afraid. Be very
> > afraid.
> > The headline in today's El Paso Times was:
> > Interest Grows in Perry for '08 White House Race
> > The headline that seemed to run elsewhere was:
> > GOVERNOR PERRY IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
> > 04/01/2006
> > AUSTIN (AP) - As he runs for re-election, Texas
> > Rick Perry talks
> > taxes in Tyler and transportation in Lubbock.
> > But the Republican who replaced George W. Bush at
> > the Austin capitol
> > also visits Washington D.C., the U.S.-Mexico
> > and even Iraq.
> > He demanded more hurricane relief money for Texas
> > a congressional
> > hearing in March. He urged the Bush administration
> > to increase
> > security along the border, and repeated in
> > that he would ask
> > the Texas Legislature to expand the state's
> > wiretapping authority to
> > help curb border violence. He visited soldiers in
> > Iraq in January on a
> > clandestine trip with three other governors that
> > later splashed
> > across national news shows.
> > Perhaps Perry is trying to stay above the
> > fray at home as
> > his opponents criticize him for everything from
> > failing to reform how
> > the state pays for public education to building
> > many toll roads.
> > But he's also raising his profile before the 2008
> > presidential election.
> > Potential GOP presidential candidates Rudy
> > and Sen. John
> > McCain have written fundraising letters for Perry.
> > Senate Majority
> > Leader Bill Frist and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
> > Romney, also possible
> > contenders, have met with Perry or appeared at
> > events with him.
> > Virginia Sen. George Allen's aides have contacted
> > Perry's staff.
> > Political operatives from both parties say much of
> > that attention
> > comes because Perry, if re-elected, could help the
> > Republican
> > presidential nominee win a big state in a year in
> > which Texas could
> > swing to either party after Bush's reign.
> > "The governor, whether it be a Democrat or a
> > Republican, will play an
> > enormous role in the presidential election year
> > campaign," said Bill
> > Lauderback, executive vice president of the
> > Conservative
> > Union, based in Alexandria, Va.
> > It's also possible would-be presidential nominees
> > are sizing up Perry
> > as a possible vice presidential pick.
> > "I think people at the national level are looking
> > Governor Perry
> > and the state of Texas," Perry campaign spokesman
> > Robert Black said.
> > "He is equally comfortable in front of a national
> > audience or in front
> > of a very small town audience talking about what
> > believes."
> > Those core issues, Black said, are job creation,
> > improvements to
> > public education and transportation and civil
> > lawsuit limits, which
> > supporters refer to as tort reform. Black said
> > there's an effort to
> > emulate Texas' tort reform laws at the federal
> > level.
> > But Austin-based Democratic consultant Kelly Fero
> > said Perry's aides
> > are just doing what every campaign tries to do
> > during an election season.
> > It's "just political jockeying and positioning.
> > Everybody does it,"
> > Fero said. "It makes them look like part of a team
> > that's going places."
> > Yet, Perry gave such an impressive speech in
> > February to the
> > Conservative Political Action Conference in
> > Washington - he talked
> > about the need to limit spending and limit the
> > of government -
> > that it started some vice presidential buzz in the
> > room, Lauderback said.
> > "Most of the people in the audience had never seen
> > or heard of Rick
> > Perry," Lauderback said. "He got their attention,
> > question."
> > It's not likely Perry would be tapped for the 2008
> > ticket unless he
> > started campaigning for the spot in earnest,
> > Lauderback said. He said
> > Perry's immediate job is getting re-elected.
> > A former Democrat, Perry, 56, is running his
> > campaign. He's
> > never lost an election, having risen from the
> > House of
> > Representatives to agriculture commissioner to
> > lieutenant governor. He
> > moved into the governorship when Bush resigned to
> > become president in
> > December 2000, then Perry won the office outright
> > 2002.
> > This year he faces Houston Democrat Chris Bell,
> > gained notice as a
> > freshman congressman for filing a House ethics
> > complaint against
> > former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He made
> > complaint shortly
> > after the Texas redistricting map - engineered by
> > DeLay and backed by
> > Perry - caused Bell to lose his 2004 re-election
> > after one term.
> > The governor's race could become a four-way if
> > Perry's nemesis Carole
> > Keeton Strayhorn and colorful author and musician
> > Kinky Friedman get
> > enough petition signatures by May 11 to get on the
> > November ballot.
> > Strayhorn, the state comptroller who verbally
> > attacks Perry at almost
> > every opportunity, is Republican, but is running
> > an independent.
> > The race could hinge on whether Perry and the
> > Republican-controlled
> > Legislature achieve a new school funding plan
> > the election.
> > Perry has called a 30-day special legislative to
> > begin April 17. It's
> > the fourth special session on the issue since
> > took office.
> > Lawmakers have been unable to agree on what taxes
> > raise or create
> > to fund education while still lowering the
> > taxes that largely
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