Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rick Perry’s Friends

If Texas Gov. Rick Perry decides to run for president — and it’s sounding like he is — then he’s going to have to explain the folks he hangs out with at church.

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And, as Salon noted, he’s going to have to explain his affection for the Confederacy.

Rick Perry made national headlines in 2009 when, during a speech to a Tea Party group, he floated the possibility that Texas could secede from the union. But the governor’s substantive ties to the neo-Confederate movement may be deeper than previously known.

A 1998 voting guide published by a leading neo-Confederate group and obtained by Salon not only endorses Perry for lieutenant governor but also describes him as “a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.” Perry’s office did not respond to a request for comment about the governor’s possible membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

So this is the GOP’s idea of an alternative to Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann?