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Texas Gov. Rick Perry to visit Bay Area next week

Hot on the heels of his radio ad buy, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will visit San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County next week in an attempt to poach California businesses.

Perry’s office says he’ll be in California from Sunday through Wednesday, meeting with business leaders in the high tech, biotechnology, financial, insurance and film industries. His will be paid for by TexasOne – no tax dollars will be used for his travel and accommodations.

The governor, along with Texas Economic Development Corp. Chair Bruce Bugg, several local economic development officials and business representatives – including Oncor, BNSF Railway, and the cities of Allen, Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville, Conroe, DeSoto, Frisco, Houston, Lubbock, Midland, McKinney, Pflugerville, San Antonio and Schertz – also will host a reception for some business leaders who have contacted the Perry’s office since the radio ad began running.

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said Perry’s small ad buy was “not a serious story, guys. It’s not a burp. It’s barely a fart.” Wonder what he’ll say, if anything, about Perry’s impending visit…

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.