April 27th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Texas governor demands apology over newspaper's plant blast cartoon

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is demanding an apology from a California newspaper that published a cartoon that seemed to link his push for less regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14.

"The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting 'cartoon' mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West," Perry wrote on his official Facebook page.


Filed under: 2013 • Rick Perry
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jules

    I demand an apology from Rick Perry for running for president.

    April 27, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Name Erica Gordon

    I wonder if Governor Rick Perry got as upset over the cartoon of Predident Obama pictured as a simeon in the New York Post soon after Obama got into office; as he is over the cartoon about Texas fertilizer explosion!
    I don't remember his speaking out about that! Selective outrage! Ain't it grand!

    April 27, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    The Sac Bee should issue an apology for an offensive cartoon before the facts are made known to the cause of the explosion. Gov Perry needs to apologize if his pro-business laissez fair deregulation policies contributed to the explosion.

    April 27, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry needs to apologize to the people of West .

    Perry needs to take responsibility for his push for less regulations , less government oversight and not enforcing employee safety .

    His is the Governor of Texas , show some leadership !

    April 27, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. tammyk tammy

    I know that I won't be sending any donations to this man-made disaster. Seems heartless I know, but it's a state rights issue. If Texans wants the right to not regulate their businesses, then they should accept the right to clean up their own messes when devastation happens and NOT go crying to the federal government for a hand out when their voters clearly demand less gubmint. Like my dad always said, if you want your allowance then you need to follow the rules. If Texans want a state rules state with no federal interference, then that state and it's we hate paying taxes citizens need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps and pick up their own tab when it comes due. Follow your own advice Perry and then maybe this paper might have a smidge of respect for you. Until then, the free press is free to ridicule the disconnect between your political ideals versus your actions.

    April 27, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Larry L

    Anybody who lives in Texas can tell you this state is famous for blowing-off environmental, safety and health regulations. Perry himself approved slashing the funds spent in these areas. Did it cause the terrible explosion? Who knows? But it certainly didn't help prevent it! You can't have it both ways – playing loose and fast with safety and health and whining about a tragic outcome. Governor "Oops" is just trying to shift the blame and the guilt.

    April 27, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. belinda

    Sounds like guilt to me. What ? All of a sudden, only Gov. Rick Perry and the tea party can make rude and insensitive comments ? Give me a break. It might be considered by some, a way to prevent further unexplained, mysterious, disasters.

    April 27, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  8. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Not mocking dead workers, just mocking your idiotic policies, Ricky....

    April 27, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  9. Gary

    And when you come to begging the President for Federal assistance, I hope he gives you the same thing your two Senators and your Republican Reps gave the Sandy victems.

    April 27, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. f ray

    America should demand Perry apologize for his existence.

    April 27, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. GOP = Greed Over People

    I would say it was more like a PSA, depicting what Pompadour Perry condones to get business to relocate to his "country".

    The Texass regs are so loose they allow the company to decide if they are in compliance, such as lying about the amount of chemical stored at a facility, along with the facility definition AND if the state passes regs a company is clearly in violation of, the state "grandfathers" the violations and no corrective action is required.

    Lack of zoning, but of course, that would restrict how the people could use their land, even if it allows retirement homes and housing for the poor to be built so close, they are destroyed with the first "grandfathered" explosion.

    Seems more like the cartoonist is giving an accurate portrayal of what can happen in the "United State of Texass"!

    April 27, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Perry has never in his life welcomed a healthy policy debate. Aside from that, Texas has weak regulation and very lax and politically influenced enforcement of what regulations there are. The interests of employees or the environment have never overcome business' pursuit of profit at any cost. No, there is no direct link between Perry and the West explosion, but then, there's no direct link between the Bangladeshi government and the collapse of the building there. Perry's faux outrage is nothing but another political smoke screen.

    April 27, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Sam

    Yes, Perry demanded an apology, a retraction, and... What's that third demand? Oops!

    April 27, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein

    If there is a question as to what the state of Texas should have done to make sure the plant was safe and following the rules, then it isn't wrong. Maybe in poor taste.

    April 27, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. Northborough Dan

    More people died (were murdered???) in Texas in the big boom last week than died in Boston at the hand of terrorists. Culpable are those who do not regulate and those who seek profit at the expense of safety. There will be no justice in this life. Here's hoping Rick and his buddies receive their just rewards after they cross the bridge.

    April 27, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The truth hurts Rick. And you thought you had the fortitude to be president. Get lost!

    April 28, 2013 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  17. John from Brooklyn

    The pain is most painfully felt when it is close to home. So, Mr. Perry, what new regulations is YOUR adminstration recommending to help avoid the devestation that has impacted your peop,,,and, even more importantly, tle he NEXT time?

    April 28, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  18. seebs

    Will Perry apologize to the survivors of the blast for his long campaign pitching the lack of regulation and oversight in Texas? No? Then I don't see why he should get an apology for a cartoon pointing out that he's been pushing the lack of regulatory oversight that made this disaster possible as a major benefit of moving to Texas.

    April 28, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Hey mr. oops man, NOW you are calling the rest of us fellow Americans?
    Your state has the least regulated businesses and you dare complain and cry about it when something goes wrong?
    Please secede. We don't need Texas!!!

    April 28, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  20. oldbull

    He can demand all he wants...Demand with one hand Ricky and spit in the other... see what you get first!

    April 28, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. g

    India and texas -no regulations-what could go wrong

    April 28, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  22. Name

    'We don't need no stinking Gubmit" – Gov. Ricky "Um,.. can we borrow some money to balance the budget and he those poor "capitalistx" hurt in that mysterious explosion thing"? – Gov. "hypocrite" Ricky

    April 28, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Larry L

    Perry's handlers have advised him to strike first and shift the blame – before people start asking questions about the lack of supervision of the fertilizer plant. Governor "Oops" is proud of environmental anarchy in Texas – a "pay to play" state. How many other time bombs are ticking in Texas?

    April 28, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Larry L

    Maybe rather than climb into the 2016 Republican Clown Car our Governor "Oops" needs to work on cleaning up problems in Texas. I don't think the United States needs a person who ignores environmental regulations and rejects the healthcare laws to treat those harmed by weak environmental health and safety policies.

    April 28, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Larry L

    The feds need to issue an order to prevent the shreaders in Austin from destroying evidence of environmental health and safety neglect and corruption by the Perry Adminsitration.

    April 28, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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