In California visit Perry meets with businessmen and politicians
June 30th, 2011
01:19 PM ET
7 years ago

In California visit Perry meets with businessmen and politicians

Washington (CNN) - As he weighs a potential run for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Governor Rick Perry is in California meeting with people who could be key backers: businessmen and politicians.

CNN has learned Perry on Wednesday met with Alex Spanos, a major San Diego businessman and part co-owner of the San Diego Chargers football team who has been a supporter of Perry's in the past as well as some others who could be financial backers if he mounts a campaign.

"He charmed the birds right out of the trees," a Republican consultant familiar with the meeting told CNN.

Perry on Thursday is meeting with businessmen in Los Angeles as well as a group of politicians in Orange County and several dozen state legislators in Sacramento.

Perry's spokesman Mark Miner denies the visit is connected to his possible campaign and says the governor is focusing on getting more companies to bring jobs to Texas as he has done in previous trips to California.

"The trip has nothing to do with a presidential run," Miner told CNN. "This is nothing different than what he has done many times" in the past trying to spur job creation in the state.

In some of these meetings Perry "is mostly getting advice," is asking about the political and economic landscape but is not requesting money or commitments if he decides to mount a campaign, David Carney, an adviser to Perry told CNN. Some of those he is meeting with have been involved in past campaigns in the state.

Perry has said he is now seriously considering entering the GOP nomination fight after he received increased pressure to run.

Carney and some other advisers as well as volunteers have been recently reaching out to activists in key early states to get their take.

Perry is expected to make some phone calls to activists next week, Carney said.

"At some point in the near future we will sit down and go through the results of the assessment project," Carney told CNN.

"We still have a lot of work to do," he said. "Our biggest but not only dilemma can we raise enough money to be competitive and leave enough time to campaign."

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Republican Robber Baron

    Figures...the only person that would support this kook is a wealthy out of touch elitist owner of a football team. Hardly anyone else in California would give Perry the time of day.

    June 30, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    America is not ready for another cowboy in the White House.

    June 30, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Hmmmmm – I wonder if the Bushes (sr and jr) will back him or back-stab him?

    Could be interesting. But he'll never get my vote no matter what. Even if he turns water into wine.

    June 30, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Perry is the guy who signed into a law legislation that makes it legal for people to shoot trespassers without warning.
    This is the same guy who spoke strongly about seceding from the unon shortly after Obama took office.
    This is the same guy who recently complained about getting zero federal dollars to help fight wild fires when in fact Texas was getting 75% of the cost paid by the Obama administration.
    This is the same guy who reminds me why my mother taught me not to trust people who talk and try to smile at the same time.

    June 30, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. diridi

    Another idiot, ask texans, how he laid off teachers, and other workers.....and about the texas will know....the truth....just GOP thugs, scare me that they mess again...o.k, Nightmare.....

    June 30, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    There is no way that people in this country would be dumb enough to elect another Texas republican. Duh Duh Duh-bya ruined their chances forever. Enough if Shrub hadn't been elected, this guy has no chance of ever winning.

    June 30, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  7. Wes

    First, Texas produces no one capable of being president(as of yet or that I can remeber) and the last 2 people from Texas that occupied the WH was disasterous. First, Bushs father was not a good president and his son even worse so why would we want another Texan to occupy the WH? Especially a fanatical right wing nut who has devastated the economy of Texas, has a 23Billion Deficit and is probably in the pockets of companies like the ill-fated Erron(oil companies also). The last 2 that occupied the WH that came from Texas caused a lot of damage to the national economy. The GOP has gone from a party that can be allowed to lead to a party of a bunch of fanatics that will sell out to the highest bidders.

    June 30, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    Perry likes to visit California and get an idea of where all of these new Texas companies are coming from. He can also get an idea of which ones haven't made the move yet. He should pay a visit to Jerry Brown in Sacramento and thank him for supporting the economic growth in Texas.

    June 30, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  9. texan

    No way- no how !! Remember where the economy went the last time a Texas Gov ( Bush ) was elected Pres. ???? -- He wants to be Pres. soooooooooo bad !!!!

    June 30, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. one voice

    Perry is there to collect His MILLION DOLLAR ENVELOPE for backing policies that make the MEGA-RICH richer and the RECORD BREAKING PROFITABLE CORPORATIONS richer.Crooks like this will turn our great Country into one of those third world 'KINGS and SERVANTS" DICTATORSHIPS.

    June 30, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Perry should jump into the GOP presidential sweepstakes. The more social conservative/Tea Party types are welcome. This social conservative/Tea Party wingnut votes will be split among a larger pool of candidates to the benefit of Romney and Huntsman.

    June 30, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Jake

    America, get on your knees and pray! PRAY! pray that Rick Perry stays far away from national politics!

    June 30, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Mr. Moderate

    Why would businessmen be interested in someone who creates government jobs at twice the rate as private sector jobs as Perry has done in Texas?

    June 30, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wish he would clearly say if he is running or not. I'd not like to have another Texan in the White House. The last one was a disaster.

    June 30, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. bb

    Can you say 'boon-doggle'? Who is paying for Perry's vacation in Cali? Cause he sure is not going to get any political support there.

    June 30, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. S. In California - Obama 2012

    I'm sure he'll get at least 50 of the most "unsatisfied" people to show up. Those people will undoubtedly reside in the hills somewhere. There will be no diversity in the crowd. Wait and see.

    June 30, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Shelby

    I believe rick perry is a big time hypocrite. He never misses an opportunity to tout his Christianity, yet he seems to not much care for sharing his considerable wealth with his church.

    According to a June 12 story from the ‘San Antonio Express-News’ titled: “Perry has not overburdened the collection plate–Governor's modest religious donations are raising eyebrows”, perry plays up his faith with speeches at prayer breakfasts and by inviting the nation's governors to a prayer meeting, etc. YET rick perry doesn’t seem too fond of church tithing. From the San Antonio Express-News piece: 
    “Perry's top income year since becoming governor came in 2007 when he reported $1,092,810 in adjusted gross income ..... His total charitable cash contributions that year totaled $413.” 
Wow!  I also think perry looks like one of those guys in mobster movies. Go away, perry, you’re not what this nation needs for a leader.

    June 30, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. LarryTX

    It is truly amazing that the Republicans are so eager to hitch their wagon to Perry's dark star. How soon they forget that George W left the Texas budget and econonmy in a shambles as he managed to pull off a getaway in just the nick of time.

    Let's take a look at how Perry would leave the State after a decade under him if he went off for national polictics. Here's how Texas ranks:

    * 33rd in public school teachers' salaries
    * 50th in 25 or older population with a high school diploma
    * 43rd in high school graduation rate
    * 31st in percent of adults with at least a bachelor's degree
    * 1st in percent of population uninsured
    * 49th in percent of low income population covered by Medicaid
    * 48th in percent of population with employer-based health insurance
    * 4th in percent living below Federal poverty level
    * 2nd in percent of population with food insecurity
    * 7th in teenage birth rate
    * 9th in percent of mortgage loans that are subprime
    * 49th in average credit score
    * 1st in amount of carbon dioxide emissions, release of volatile organic compounds, toxi chemical release into water, carcinogens released into air, and hazardous waste generated
    * 9th in income inequaity between the rich and the poor
    * 34th in median household income
    * 44th in home ownership rate

    Needless to say, Perry has a little ways to go before he can triumphantly say that he has put Texas dead last on everything that's good and first on everything that's bad. He has truly gone a long ways to ensuring that our schools turn out a crop of uneducated children destined to work for minimum wage or less. He's also gone a long way to ensure that that our colleges are too expensive for Texas and are populated by foreign students who will take their education home with them so they can pull our jobs over there while having the menial tasks done by the uneducated Texans. But Perry still has a way to go before he totally destroys Texas. Not much mind you, but a ways nonetheless. Still, he has proven that he can take the total disaster that George W. left and make it much, much worse.

    He's also ensured that Texans get poor health care so that the ill, elderly, and disable with die sooner and not present a burden to the all-important businesses.

    Oh yes, I forgot to mention that he will boast to you that he balanced the State's budget despite a huge deficit. That's a lie. He kicked the can down the road. They're hoping and praying that what they did budget will pay the State's bill until the next Legislative session when they will have to pass an emergency appropriation to fund the State's operation until the end of the fiscal year. Just check any Texas newspaper (such as the Houston Chronical). It's common knowledge in the State.

    Yes, it's easy to see why the Genocidal Obstructionist Party (G.O.P.) want him so badly, but just think how much more evil he could become with a little more practice.

    June 30, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. The Elephant in The Room

    Amazing how much time Bachmann & Perry spend campaigning & posturing instead of doing their day jobs.

    June 30, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. Art

    Get out of here Perry. Texas is hell.

    June 30, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  21. michaelam

    While Texas burns, Perry has his hands out begging for political contributions. My advice? Stay home, Little Ricky. Your chances of ever carrying CA are slim AND none. CA rejected all of the Teahadist nonsense in 2010. Our goal is to place the entire GOP on the Endangered Species list!

    Take care of your own state, Mr. Minimum Wage Jobs, Perry-–better yet, make good on your threat and secede!

    June 30, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  22. NEFinCA

    Texan's may think Perry is a leader – but Californian's do not.

    June 30, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    While about half of those filing tax returns pay no taxes, that does not mean that *all* of them should be paying taxes. Most of those "deadbeat" individuals are seniors and other retirees living on tax-free pensions, which usually total less than $15k per year.

    June 30, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. vet in tx

    Take our Perry, please!

    June 30, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |