5

Rick Perry v. Donald Trump in pull-up contest?

Once again, politicians are challenging each other to feats of strength.

Reality television star, billionaire businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump this week told a reporter that GOP rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t deserve a spot onstage at the Republican debate next week in Cleveland because he lacks “energy,” “brainpower,” and “toughness.” Perry, asked about this during his appearance Wednesday at the Yale Club in New York City, replied, “Let’s get a pull-up bar up there and see who can do the most-pull ups.”

https://youtu.be/V2JnxByJZhA

And on Thursday, asked by CNBC how many pull-ups he can do, Perry replied, “More than Donald Trump.”

Sadly for Perry, it’s likely that more media outlets reported on this than on the subject of his speech to the Yale Club on Wednesday – Wall Street reform, including re-instituting laws that require banks to separate their commercial lending and investment banking practices.

It’s eerily similar to the 2012 throwdown between California Gov. Jerry Brown and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie started that tiff while addressing California’s delegates to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., calling Brown “an old retread” who “won the New Jersey presidential primary over Jimmy Carter when I was 14 years old.” Brown, then 74, responded a few days later by challenging the rotund Christie, then 50, to a three-mile run, a push-up contest and a chin-up contest; he said he’d take any bet on such a matchup and was confident he’d win.

Brown delivered the coup de grace a few weeks later in a meeting with the Bay Area News Group editorial board. Making a case for his Proposition 30 tax-hike measure, said he and the state’s other executive officers have pared their spending even to the extent that he takes the cramped middle seat when flying up and down California on Southwest Airlines.

“I’m flying Southwest and I oftentimes take the middle seat,” Brown said, before smiling mischievously. “I don’t think Christie is taking the middle seat.”

1

GOP candidates blast Planned Parenthood video

Republican presidential candidates are sounding off about a video that seems to show a top Planned Parenthood executive discussing the transfer of aborted fetal tissue.

As The Hill reports, the undercover video that surfaced Tuesday shows a woman identified as Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s senior director of medical services, describing in detail procedures to retrieve body parts.

Eric Ferrero, PPFA’s vice president of communications, issued a statement saying the video was secretly recorded and heavily edited by “a well funded group established for the purpose of damaging Planned Parenthood’s mission and services.”

“In health care, patients sometimes want to donate tissue to scientific research that can help lead to medical breakthroughs, such as treatments and cures for serious diseases. Women at Planned Parenthood who have abortions are no different,” Ferrero said. “At several of our health centers, we help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research, and we do this just like every other high-quality health care provider does – with full, appropriate consent from patients and under the highest ethical and legal standards. There is no financial benefit for tissue donation for either the patient or for Planned Parenthood. In some instances, actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue to leading research centers, are reimbursed, which is standard across the medical field.”

GOP presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina issued a statement saying she is “”proudly pro-life. I believe that every human life has potential and that every human life is precious. This latest news is tragic and outrageous. This isn’t about ‘choice.’ It’s about profiting on the death of the unborn while telling women it’s about empowerment.”

GOP presidential candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement saying the video “showing a Planned Parenthood employee selling the body parts of aborted children is a disturbing reminder of the organization’s penchant for profiting off the tragedy of a destroyed human life. It is because of stories like this that I signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state of Texas – to protect human life and the health and safety of Texans.”

GOP presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued a statement saying there’s “no place for taxpayer funding of organizations that profit from taking away innocent life, much less profiting off the bodies of the lives they have stolen. Congress should immediately begin an investigation of Planned Parenthood’s activities regarding the sale and transfer of aborted body parts, including who is obtaining them and what they are being used for. And it should renew efforts to fully defund Planned Parenthood to ensure that its morally bankrupt business receives not one penny of taxpayer money.”

And GOP presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, speaking in his official capacity, issued a statement calling the video “shocking and gruesome.

“This same organization is seeking to open an abortion clinic in New Orleans,” Jindal said. “I have instructed Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to conduct an immediate investigation into this alleged evil and illegal activity and to not issue any licenses until this investigation is complete. I am also asking the FBI to assist DHH in investigating this alleged criminal activity by this organization.”

2

Rick Perry is running for president

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday became the 10th Republican to declare candidacy for president in 2016:

Here’s the brief video he launched today:

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton issued a statement Thursday taking Perry to task.

“Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared homosexuality to alcoholism, rejected Medicaid expansion for more than 1 million of the poorest Texans, and denies climate change science. He fits right in to the Republican presidential primary pack,” Burton said. “Last year I sent an open letter to Gov. Perry when he said he was weighing a move to the Golden State. Gov. Perry’s retirement in California will have to wait until voters see through his cruel healthcare policies and the sham of Texas’ economic miracle.”

Read the text of Perry’s speech as prepared, after the jump…
Continue Reading

0

Rick Perry hires California ‘master of disaster’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, recently indicted but still in the hunt for 2016’s presidential race, has hired a California crisis-communications guru to run interference for him.

Mark FabianiMark Fabiani, 57, of La Jolla, joins Perry’s legal team, lead attorney Tony Buzbee announced Monday.

“I’m proud to join Gov. Perry’s outstanding team which has been assembled to fight back against this attack on the rule of law,” Mark Fabiani said. “As we move forward to protect the Texas Constitution and the First Amendment rights of any governor, I am confident this prosecution will be revealed to be contrary to the law and wholly meritless.”

Fabiani cut his teeth as a special counsel to President Bill Clinton, and later was deputy campaign manager for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign; he also has served as deputy mayor of Los Angeles and chief of staff to LA Mayor Tom Bradley, as well as in senior posts in the departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development.

Fabiani and Chris Lehane, a fellow Clinton White House “master of disaster,” run a prominent crisis communications firm. Their past clients have included Madonna, Goldman Sachs and Lance Armstrong, to name but a few.

17

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

Rick,

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
Chairman
California Democratic Party

0

Carly Fiorina to advise Rick Perry-related group

Former California Republican U.S. Senate nominee and Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has signed on to advise a “dark money” group tied to Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Carly FiorinaFiorina, 59, of Virginia, will serve on the advisory board of Americans for Economic Freedom, a “501(c)(4) that examines and promotes policies that work to create opportunity, and does not engage in direct political advocacy,” according to its news release.

The Houston Chronicle reported the group’s founding last September as “aimed at helping Gov. Rick Perry lay the foundation for a another presidential run” and launched with “more than $200,000 in leftover cash from a now-defunct Super PAC that raised millions for Perry’s failed 2012 bid.” The group can take unlimited, completely anonymous contributions; Perry strategist Jeff Miller, a former major fundraiser for California Republicans, is its CEO.

“From small business owners to CEOs, business leaders have a deep understanding of the policies that help create jobs, opportunity and innovation,” Miller said in Wednesday’s news release. “We are proud to have Carly’s guidance on our board, and look forward to our continued efforts to promote policies that bolster economic freedom and strengthen the U.S.”

Fiorina said that as a businesswoman, “I’m proud to stand with an organization that values and understands the prosperity that is created through smart economic policies. I look forward to working with AEF to increase our understanding of how to create American jobs and focus on economic growth.”

Fiorina, formerly of Los Altos Hills, was chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005. In 2010, she defeated former Rep. Tom Campbell and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore in the GOP senatorial primary, and then lost to incumbent Barbara Boxer that November.

She became a vice-chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in mid-2011 in order to help Republicans in their failed bid to retake control of the U.S. Senate in 2012; she also co-chaired the California campaign of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Last September, she was named chairwoman of the American Conservative Union Foundation.