Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss
October 14th, 2011
11:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss

Pendleton, South Carolina (CNN) – Rick Perry's wife Anita said Friday that she could sympathize with the plight of the unemployed because her son was forced to resign his job to take a more active role on his father's presidential campaign.

Anita Perry blamed the Obama administration for her son having to resign his position.

"My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us," Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job.

"He resigned his job two weeks ago because he can't go out and campaign with his father because of SEC regulations," she continued, referring to the Securities and Exchange Commission. "He has a wife... he's trying to start a business. So I can empathize."

"My son lost his job because of this administration," she said a few minutes later.

According to press reports, the Perrys' son, Griffin, worked at Deutsche Bank.

It was unclear what SEC regulations Perry was referring to, but the commission adopted a new rule last year aimed at limiting political activity on the part of investment advisors.

Mrs. Perry was speaking at a meet and greet at Dyar's diner in Pendleton, in western South Carolina, on the same morning her husband delivered the first major economic address of his campaign.

Her comments about her son came in response to a question from 45-year-old voter who said he lost a job paying over $100,000 and who now makes $12 an hour as a handyman.

Asked after the event to elaborate on comments she made a day earlier about her husband being "brutalized" by fellow conservatives over his Christian faith, Mrs. Perry said she didn't have anything to add.

"It's been a rough month," Perry said in an emotional speech to voters on Thursday. The speech was recorded by NBC News. "We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today.

The Texas governor has been sliding in national polls since mid-September, when he put in shaky performances at two GOP presidential debates and lost a closely watched straw poll in Florida that he was widely expected to win. Perry's appearance at Tuesday's GOP debate also garnered negative reviews.

The latest CNN Poll of Polls, released Thursday, shows 14% of Republican voters identifying Perry as their choice for nominee, behind former Godfathers' Pizza executive Herman Cain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Those numbers reflect a sharp fall since early September, when a CNN/ORC International poll showed 30% of Republican voters picking Perry.

On Thursday, Anita Perry pointed the finger at fellow Republicans, who she said took issue with the governor's strong conservative Christian stance.

"We are being brutalized by our opponents, and our own party," Perry said. "So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith."

Perry's relationship with the influential evangelical pastor Robert Jeffress has come under scrutiny in the past week. Jeffress told reporters at the Values Voter Summit in Washington he believed Mormonism was a 'cult.'

Two men running for the GOP presidential nomination are Mormons, Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Jeffress has endorsed Perry, and introduced him at the summit.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2012 • Economy • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (182 Responses)
  1. JulesT

    I cannot believe this women has the audacity to blame our President for he son's choice of resigning from his job. She is just as out of touch with reality as her husband. The saddest part is, they don't even realize how out of touch they are with society. Crazy is, as crazy does, and "the crazies" want to run our country.....now that is crazy.

    October 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. westward

    Anita Perry is every bit the slick snake-oil salesperson that her husband is. Crying to fundies a Bob Jones that her family is the victim of being in the American public eye – yet they keep choosing to live in the public eye, saying stupid and offensive things. Now blaming Obama for her son losing his job. While Rick slams Obama with a coded 'christian/but not at all christian' slam – saying to 'pray for Obama to open his eyes' (translation: Bless the idiot's little heart). The Perry's are nothing but the Palin's, pt. 2. Complete bs with absolutely no substance at all.

    October 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Just Saying...

    she's a stupid twit...her son had a choice and he exercised it. he chose to give up his job to do something else. boo hoo! it's nobody's fault but his own.

    she has also said that the reason Governor "Execute the Innocent and Then cover It Up" Perry is in the race is that God told her to her tell Rick Perry that God wanted him to get into the race. You would have thought that God could deliver his own message without help...

    my question is this – If God is really telling all these conservatives to get into the race, does that mean that God can't make up his own mind? Or does it mean that he wants these conservatives to reveal themselves as the delusional fools they really are and, in the process, waste a lot of money before the real election begins?

    October 14, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Kenny K

    I thought Palin wass funny. This woman has a lot of material for SNL.
    LOL!!!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. jk from MN

    This woman appears to be as clueless and sounds an awful lot like the Ex-Gov from Alaska. Your son made a choice to resign to campaign. Ms Perry – I really don't think President Obama created the rule just for your son! Archie Bunker used to call his wife Edith a Dingbat...........I think the title fits here, too.

    October 14, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. luvUamerica

    huh!!?? Sounds like a reality show to me! The dumb just get dumber!

    October 14, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  7. indyreader

    Sure Republicans want to do away with perfectly reasonable and necessary rules that prevent them from controlling both ends of commerce. Those rules make it harder for them to become robber barons. Darrell Issa, I'm looking at you.

    October 14, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. matt

    I burned my tongue. It's Obama's fault.

    October 14, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. JR

    Jesus, Perry found a crackpot as bad as himself to marry.

    October 14, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. You gotta be kidding me

    My mother told me not to say shut up, but in this case to Mrs. Perry, SHUT UP!!

    October 14, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    If the divorce rumors were true anita better make amends and keep her mouth shut because she is dumb as a rock!
    Blaming the administration? Are rethublickan women really this stupid???
    Your son quit his job you stupid bimbo! He wasn't fired plus I am sure there's enough family money to help keep afloat!!! Don't worry about the beating your husband is taking from the bother clowns and your party. You just nailed another nail to his coffin!!
    What an idiot!!!!!

    October 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. jim

    What can you expect from a nut case like this woman. Stop your whinning and go back to Texas where your husband wants to secede from the United States and we would be better off. I just can not believe what this women has been drinking. Is the water in Texas got something in it that causes a person to go loco

    October 14, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. mary

    OMG!! Has this lady been hanging around with Bachmann!!?? Blame everything on Obama! Waht a bunch of nimrods!! That job couldn't have meant a whole lot to him. the 'old man' ain't gonna get too far anyway and it has nothing to do with his religion.

    October 14, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "My son lost his job because of this administration," she said a few minutes later."

    Whoever had the brilliant idea to spotlight Mrs. Perry really ought to reconsider that decision. It's not working out too well, either for her - or her husband. There's enough whining within the Republican Party already without dragging the wives into the fray as well. Faulting Mr. Obama for a decision her son made? What's next? Blame Obama for her husbands declining poll numbers? Good grief.

    October 14, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Gimme a break

    This woman is NUTS!

    October 14, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. RS3378

    What a bunch of crap. These right wing nuts will find anything and everything to point fingers at Obama's presidency. "Ooh, I haven't been able to take a shit for two adys, and it's all Obama's fault." Come on!!

    October 14, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. tee66

    Here we go Bachmann #2

    October 14, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. RS3378

    What a bunch of crap. These right wing nuts will find anything and everything to point fingers at Obama's presidency. "Ooh, I haven't been able to take a shit for two days, and it's all Obama's fault." Come on!!

    October 14, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. toughstrawforGOP

    President Nominee Cain would have said, "If you're unemployed....lose your job..." it's YOUR fault. Aren't they ALL GOP people?? Eh?? So why is Perry's wife blaming Obama?

    October 14, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. diridi

    she is as stupid, and an idiot as her Husband. Shame on you, Texas, you elected these animals to office...shame on you....what a nasty trick. I lost my teaching job because of Bush, Reagan, etc, all GOP bastards together...o.k, shame on you Texas, to elect these idiots...

    October 14, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. MCJNY

    I can see from the posts that the one size fits all "blame obama" is wearing as thin on your nerves as it is on mine. We need smart, inspired and caring people in government so much right now. And what do we get? cain and flat tax plan that will kill the middle class, the poor and unemployed unless it is revised to account for the state's taxes, food, gas clothing and a bunch of other really important complex issues. Then we have perry and romney, who can barely contain their greed and corruption nor their party's loathing for so much of their fellow americans. I would love some democrats and independents to step up and inspire us again. Have a real plan, a good one, that helps the majority of americans now and moving into the future. In short, I want the 90s back for us. But this time, don't borrow so much money and spend so poorly.

    October 14, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  22. ZekeTX

    Awesomeness. From the party that's now touting messages about "personal responsibility" comes a voice who wants to blame everything on other people...particularly Obama. Just when we thought no one could be a bigger crackpot than Rick Perry, his wife opens her yap. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the implosion.

    October 14, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. diridi

    what an idiot...she is...shame on her, she is total idiot...o.k,

    October 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Sal

    Just more proof that this country is getting dumber and dumber! 

    October 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Jim in San Mateo

    Maybe Anita should just stay home and bake cookies like a good wife.

    October 14, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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