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. tess

    Way to introduce yourself nationally, Anita. What first-lady programs will you implement if RicKKK gets elected – how to instill hate into your toddlers, how to successfully tear down a large portion of America and still call yourself a 'christian' patriot, or how to attempt to erase your own failures by blaming others?

    Anita – your own problem is right before your face – It's RicKKK and it's you.

    October 14, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Jan

    Seriously. I had a moderate heart attack after reading this, but at least my IQ did not drop down to -40 like Anita Perry's, I see why Rick made Anita a Mrs.Perry, they have so much in common......

    October 14, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    maybe like you claimed HE told your husband to run for president, GOD said for your son to lose his job. And even then as much money as the Perrys have that makes this excuse even MORE PATHETIC.

    October 14, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. neastsider

    Here's another brain dead repugnant teabagger who can't get facts straight and keep her big fat mouth shut.

    October 14, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Nathan

    This is how the Perry's say they are suffering? "My son had to quite his job so he could campaign with us". So he chose to leave his Job to campaign. Why doesnt Governor Perry just "create" another minimum wage job and he will be fine, just like Texas is doing fine.

    October 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Parry Political Strategery: Hand wife all the most stupid and incendiary talking points to spew so when she gets attacked for it Parry can cry victim.

    October 14, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Bob (Illinois)

    She is as nutty as her husband!

    October 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Mike in NJ

    Welcome to The Land of Getting Called on Saying Stupid Things, lady. Your son had to resign so we wouldn't have people making secret political deals on behalf of companies for politicians to get over on the American people. Conflict of interest ain't just a river in Egypt.

    October 14, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Jimm

    And it rained today...guess that's Obama's fault too. This lady and her hubby are nuts

    October 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  10. Funnyman

    He is getting minimum wage and no benefits!

    October 14, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Can you imagine what the conversation around the dinner table is like with this brain trust of a family? My gawd...there is something seriously seriously wrong with TX.

    October 14, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. RINO Bil

    Common Mrs. Perry, stop whining! I didn't believe that Texans complained so much!

    Herman Cain said the unemployed need to take responsibility for their lack of employment. Your son RESIGNED on his own, so it's HIS fault, not Obams's.

    No one wants a whiner as the First Lady. Both you and your husband are not leadership material..

    October 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. Phil in KC

    Oh, please! No one forced her son to campaign for his father. No one forced his father to run against Obama. And the law is there for a reason. We need more oversight over the financial industry, not less. We need to get back all the protections put in place between the Great Depression and Reagan.

    October 14, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Kim G

    "You can't fix Stupid!" -Ron White

    October 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. Kenny

    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.
    This DING BAT has lost it. I thought Herman Cain said if you don't have a job, BLAME YOURSELF. I guess it's Obama fault I retired when I turned 65 too. If the boy wanted to work he should never have submitted his resignation. If he wants to suck up to dad then he did the right thing. No one held a gun to his head and forced him to leave his job.Anita is one fruit cake for all times.

    October 14, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  16. Republican who supports President Obama

    Are you kidding me Anita? Really! The Presdient of the United States had a direct hand in your son loosing his job. Really. Waaaaa!!!! Yesterday you were crying about how much the spotlight was a burden and now you attack the president.

    What a joke.

    October 14, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  17. Herman Cain is NO Collin Powell, but He is a Teabagging Black token to BOOT

    Remember when GOP-Teabagging IDIOTs were chanting on FAUX news that we are going to get $5 dollar gas, and the sky is falling because everything is Obama's fault....this lame excuse & blaming president Obama for everything is wearing thin!

    GOP likes to brag about taking personal responsibility for one's action...but they are now the party of whiners and everything is Obama's fault!!!

    Give GOP cheese with that whine...they are DONE!!!

    October 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. FM

    She is blaming Obama for the loss of her sons job while her husband is boasting himself he broke the record of creating the nmost jobs in all Americva. Is this lady aware of what her husband is campaigning for!

    October 14, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  19. Len

    Another joke.....

    October 14, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  20. Big Al

    Listen here Americans, only Rick Perry can deliver us from evil!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Perry-Bachman 2012
    Please Deliver Us From Evil

    October 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  21. al in memphis

    Its the media fault, no one would be this stupid to make this comments.

    October 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. mama panda

    He didn't HAVE to quit his job - he CHOSE to quit his job. There's a difference, as every laid-off employee in the country can tell you. Mrs. P is pathetic - and totally out of touch with reality.

    October 14, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Republican who supports President Obama

    The son had a choice. He QUIT! End of story. It is not the President's fault for a voluntary action.

    First Lady material for sure – rotfl.

    I am not voting for STUPID.

    October 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Aaron

    Cry me a river. A freaking millionaire voluntarily quits his job to campaign for his daddy millionaire who hopes to get elected president to become a billionaire through self-enrichment. And mama blames Obama. The Perrys are about as looney as Palin and Bachmann. The mama must have gotten some peroxide poisoning that affected the small cerebral area in her head.

    October 14, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  25. Steve

    Do tell, what is in the water in Texas. Or, better yet, what type of educatiion system do they have down there? This dimly lit bulb seems to be as bright as her husband. And they think they are qualified to be in the White House? Who is bank rolling this scarey dumb man? His qualifications may be just what Texans think is ideal, but after eight long years of the last Texan that was the puppet in chief was more than our country could bare. These swaggering, talking with a drawl and deer in the head lights types are entertaining to watch, but to think he belongs in the White House is the joke of the year.

    October 14, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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