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.

  • Joe Wiles

    What Perry fails to mention is that he is a Sultan who has remained in power for what seems to be indefinite, supported by the corrupt oil interests that sent the world into a tail spin in an oil grab that the have profited from on the backs and lives of americans. He has participated in electoral fraud using every attempt to destroy the hispanic vote that would surely vote him out and put in a democratic governor. The low tax base he has is by keeping depressed wages and not allowing union activity and treating people like a serf underclass who can barely live on their wages but who contribute to the perverse profits of the companies he convinces to get on the human exploitment bandwagon. I wont even begin to go into the draconian criminal industry to subsidize his townships that further keeps people in a permanent underclass by taking away the paltry wages I mentioned by fining them and ticketing their freedoms away. So yes, Texas is a third-world country within the union that has somehow escaped federal oversight that would bring an end to the destruction of human condition in its state and fattening up a few inbred texan dynasties. If this is the new business model for all states, we need to rethink what the country will look like if it goes down to the Texan level. We got a taste of what that world looks like after illegal wars by a few texan oil opportunists acting dangerously outside of what was needed for the country for personal enrichment. And they well know that impeachment is a joke.

  • Elwood

    @ joe wiles #1

    Mr. Wiles:

    Here is a simple question to which I would like a straight up yes or no answer:

    Are you a member of the CPUSA?