Former Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry just threw in his support for fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz last night, giving him his official GOP primary endorsement.
Perry, it must be noted, was the first candidate in the now infamously bloated field of GOP primary contenders to drop out of the race last year. Mediaite writes that the candidate stated, upon dropping out, “I step aside knowing our party is in good hands, and as long as we listen to the grassroots, the cause of conservatism will be too.”
After months of speculation as to who Perry would endorse, following his resignation from the race, the former governor told Politico the following yesterday upon making his endorsement:
“Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd, and that appears to be down to two people”.
Perry undoubtedly refers to the second potential as current primary front runner Donald Trump, who Cruz is currently trailing in the race at second place by a substantial but not insurmountable margin. Perry further states:
“You’ll have with Ted Cruz that same result of, senators and others in the Washington establishment that are mad at him, find him to be hard to work with, they will find a way to work with him because they know he means what he says he means. He knows he’s going to surround himself with people who do have that experience, and I’m very satisfied that on Day 1, he will be ready to be commander-in-chief.”
Unbeknownst to the former governor however, it is well known among Cruz’s detractors that it’s precisely because “he means what he says he means” that many find him even more dangerous than Donald Trump as a potential President of the United States. It seems to be lost on Perry that it’s not “a lack of sincerity” that makes Cruz difficult to work with in Washington and, furthermore, unappealing to the electorate at large. It may very well be the opposite: the fact that he and his vocal minority of Republican voters sincerely believe in ideas that have little to do with the historical and cultural realities of a diverse American society.
Rick Perry, of course, has had his share of ideological positions in the past that have boggled the minds of most moderate and progressive voters ever since he came into the political spotlight. For instance, he once claimed publicly in 2012 Republican primary debate in New Hampshire, and on numerous other occasions, that he believes “Obama is a socialist”, a claim so ludicrous and empirically wrong on so many levels that it makes me wonder if the governor slept through every single one of his classes in college and simply had somebody buy his degree for him.
The former governor is also currently facing an indictment at the highest criminal court in Texas for an ongoing abuse of power charge brought upon him in 2014, in which the governor told Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lemberg that he would veto funding for a public integrity unit she was overseeing unless she resigned. The charge carries a potential prison sentence of 5-99 years if Perry is found guilty.