Though this has gained little attention elsewhere, theDallas Morning News had more today comparing the lot of just 13 families who have received aid (and the over 4000 waiting) from the half billion that Texas was given by the feds, to that of Gov. Rick Perry’s…
AUSTIN – Gov.
Rick Perry defended housing situations on Friday – both his own move to
a $1.8 million lease home while the Governor’s Mansion undergoes
renovation and the two-year wait for assistance endured by 4,300 Texas
families displaced by Hurricane Rita.
And where are the 13 families who have received aid…
Thus far, only 13 families have been supplied mobile homes.
But Perry says it’sall a Security matter…
early on the 16 propositions on Tuesday’s general election ballot, Mr.
Perry told reporters that both housing situations were based on
security needs – in his case, to accommodate his security detail, and
in the Rita victims’ instance, to protect taxpayers’ money.
Shut up…Wedid make phone calls…
about the audit, the governor said it was unnecessary to keep “beating
this horse” and that his chief of staff had made phone calls to the
Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
And ofhis horse?
own five-bedroom, five-bath temporary home in a gated resort area west
of Austin – which costs taxpayers $9,900 in monthly rent – Mr. Perry
said the expense is lower than the cost to maintain the Governor’s
“If it were just me and my wife and 6,000 square feet,
well, they might have a point. But you know, there are [numerous]
members of the governor’s protective detail who use up probably a good
third of the space. And we still use it to entertain,” Mr. Perry said.
Entertain? Let me say that again… ENTERTAIN!
OK now I’m speechless.