John Burton’s letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

The California Democratic Party just provided a copy of the letter that chairman John Burton sent Thursday to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

June 19, 2014

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428


The Associated Press has reported that for all of your incessant California-bashing, you may be considering a move to the Golden State after your term as Governor of Texas ends.

We don’t blame you.

California has a lot to offer. From some of the best coastline in the world, national parks like Yosemite and Joshua Tree, from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, from San Diego to the crown jewel of San Francisco, this is simply the place to be.

That said, you really ought to know what you’re signing up for here. It may not be your scene.

Here in California we don’t stick our heads in the sand or twiddle our thumbs when it comes to Global Warming. We know it’s real, and our Governor Jerry Brown is leading the way to combat the threat we all face. California signed the Climate Change Pact together with the Governors of Oregon, Washington State and British Columbia. We’re building the nation’s first high speed rail system and we passed the Global Warming Solutions Act close to ten years ago.

Then there’s the matter of you equating homosexuality with alcoholism. Rick, it will take more than marching in this month’s San Francisco Pride Parade for you to begin to walk those comments back, but if you’re planning to make the move, it couldn’t hurt to start there.

This is California, the home of Harvey Milk. We’re a national leader in the fight for equal rights and marriage equality. Our Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom threw the gauntlet down way back in 2004 when, as mayor of San Francisco, he decided enough was enough and fought to give gay and lesbian couples the right to get married (and divorced for that matter) just like everyone else.

You should also know our minimum wage is set to go up to $10 an hour here thanks to our Democratic legislators and Governor Jerry Brown.

We understand even our state’s harshest critics would love to call California home, and apparently you’re no different. We’re just saying it wouldn’t hurt to do a little research before you load up the U-Haul and head west.

Peace and friendship,

John Burton
California Democratic Party

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.

  • Patty O’Day

    I have often written letters and e-mails to elected officials. Usually they are politicians that I disagree with. I often say sarcastic things and can sometimes get a little snarky as well. But I have always been told, and always try to address the official in a respectful manner. I would NEVER address a letter to a Governor as Rick. This just shows how classless John Burton is.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    John Burton’s eloquence makes him a snob’s Yogi Berra.

  • Willis James

    Perhaps Rick Perry wants to retire to a state where there is fair redistricting every 10 years. You see, in Texas the fully biased legislature carves up the state to protect only one party.

    In fact Texas has the type of unfair redistricting that California had years ago.
    Then Californians got fed up and voted to have a non-partisan panel of citizens make the district boundaries,

    However as we all can remember, John Burton fought against the people’s interests on that measure. Not only that, but after we passed it, John Burton, hand in hand with the state’s Republican leaders, tried to undue that fair method of redistricting in California by putting a measure on the ballot to repeal the fair redistricting and place it back in the hands of the corrupt legislature

    John Burton, no friend of democracy for California. He tries over and over to keep the power in a few hands of the insider elite.
    John Burton cares nothing about your right to fair elections.
    He also fought against the “top two” election process that we now have.

    Guys like John Burton and his clique of special interest comrades like Steven Maviglio, continue to fight against the people who want a fair and open democracy. They are every bit as disgusting as the power hungry Republicans from Texas.

  • Elwood

    Burton’s brain was fried by coke.

    He never recovered.

  • Mogumbo Gono

    Gov Perry is extremely successful. That rankles some folks.

    Likewise for Texas. What a contrast with California! Texas has a booming economy, while California is at the bottom: #50 out of 50 States. Texas is business friendly, while California treats business like the enemy.

    Finally, California is pushing for the most immense boondoggle since the Pyramids: so-called ‘high speed’ rail. Government cost estimates are ≈$100 BILLION! Of course, we should multiply those gov’t estimates 2X – 3X to get an honest number.

    But why build another train anyway? Infrastructure is already in place: I can fly from SF to LA in one hour, for around $100. There is zero need for another train, which by gov’t estimates will make the trip in 4.5 hours. And we know that is grossly optimistic.

    Texas is a winner, and California is a loser. I hate to say that, because I am a Californian.

  • Scott Cutright

    Wow 10hr….for what jobs? They all coming to Texas. Where you can get more for every dollar you earn. Food is cheaper because we don’t have grocery baggers in unions making 13hr. Gas is cheaper because we drill and don’t put stupid restrictions on it. California leads nation in welfare recipients how does that make California a leader in equal rights when the income gap is so great? High speed rail that isn’t wanted by anyone and wont connect LA to SF. Yet Texas is considering building one with private money between Dallas and Houston at zero cost to tax payers. If built will be built faster than Californias, and will turn a profit long before the line from SF to LA is even finished

  • Elwood

    Last post 3 days ago? Hello? Anyone out there?

  • JohnW

    Present and accounted for. It’s definitely quiet.

  • I’ve been off spending some time with family visiting from out of town. I’ll be back Wednesday.

  • Elwood

    Your fans miss you.

  • Marga

    I’m on vacation.

  • Elwood

    Did anyone excuse you? 🙂