(CNN)-Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry didn't exactly receive a warm welcome Thursday when he spoke at the National Association of Latino and Appointed Officials annual conference in San Antonio.
According to the Texas Tribune, the 13-minute remarks were "brief and tense."
Perhaps timing was the real problem for the third-term governor, who appeared at the conference less than a day before "sanctuary cities" legislation advances to the Texas state House floor. The bill, passed by the state Senate in mid-June, would forbid cities from adopting policies that defy the enforcement of state or federal laws, specifically regarding immigration. It would also allow police officers to inquire detained citizens about their immigration status.
A hot-button issue for Latinos, the governor, who is mulling over a 2012 bid for the GOP presidential nomination, steered clear of the subject.
Instead, the article states Perry welcomed the gathered group of more than 500 Latino elected officials to "the job-creation capital of the world," a point of pride for the Texas chief executive, though the majority of the crowd were not Texans.
And though his comments, mainly focused on the state's employment growth, received "scattered claps," when Perry brought up Latinos that he's appointed to office, a well-meaning joke fell flat. He mentioned the appointment of Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director Jose Cuevas, and said "That is the right job for that man."
Only a few in the audience saw the humor.