Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz
August 28th, 2013
10:42 AM ET
8 months ago

Flak follows Perry's Missouri ad blitz

(CNN) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has a bone to pick with Texas and its governor, Rick Perry.

The former Republican presidential candidate and Lone Star governor is scheduled to speak Thursday at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce. In advance of his remarks, he's launched a several hunderd thousand dollar ad campaign on Missouri airwaves encouraging Show Me state companies and employees to relocate to Texas to reap the benefits of the state's strong business climate and lack of state income tax.

An angry Nixon, who is a Democrat, called the ads misleading, and said while Perry's aggressive style may work in Texas it doesn't work in Missouri and it didn't work in the rest of the country.

"We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states. It's the wrong way for a Governor to act. We need to work in concert to help America," Nixon said.

At least one Missouri radio station, KTRS-AM, has refused to run Perry's ads.

The Missouri governor also fought back with his own ad, running exclusively on KTRS. Narrated by Nixon, it highlights the strengths of the Show Me state - lower property taxes, lower sales taxes, an unemployment rate that's been below the national average for the last four years and a triple-A credit rating. The Missouri governor even used social media to bring his point home, tweeting out a top 10 list of why Missouri is better than Texas.

The Nixon-Perry bout is partly fueled by a state battle over Missouri House Bill 253 - a sweeping tax cut plan that Nixon recently vetoed. State workers, including teachers, opposed the proposed tax cuts, saying the decline in state revenues would mean job cuts. But an organized effort is underway in the Missouri House to override Nixon's veto.

That effort was the impetus to invite Rick Perry talk to members of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, said Dan Mehan, the president and CEO of the group.

Mehan said he had no knowledge of Perry's planned on-air marketing blitz, but defended Perry's right to do so.

"He is doing what governors do," said Mehan. "They market their states, they are the chief sales people for those states."

At the same time, Mehan says Perry's trip to the state was serving a different purpose than his ads. The governor isn't coming to market Texas, Mehan said, but instead to bolster attempts to revive the Missouri tax cut measure.

John Havens, a spokesman for Perry, said "Missouri's success is important to our economic strength as a nation, and if Texas can push Missouri to implement more competitive economic policies, we all benefit."

Nixon, however, said Perry shouldn't be jumping into the middle of a state issue.

"He has tried his political stunts in different places we're not going to tolerate him coming in here," Nixon said, adding he found it interesting that those who want to override the veto had to go all the way to Texas for help.

Monday, the Missouri teachers organizations issued a news release saying House Bill 253 threatens the jobs of thousands of teachers. The vote to override vote is expected to take place in September.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    "We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states. It's the wrong way for a Governor to act. We need to work in concert to help America," Nixon said."

    Neither will we rebuild America by throwing stones at one another even though throwing stones is the only strategic plan the Republican Party has had up its sleeve for the past 5 years.

    August 28, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Marie MD

    The oops governor is an idiot! Rethugs are out of control and the right wing conservative chamber of commerce didn't know what he woud speak about in turn win state?
    Maybe they can prevent him from deplaning and send him back to Mexico, excuse me, Texas.

    August 28, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "They market their states, they are the chief salespeople of those states"

    An illuminating, and hilariously erroneous, philosophy of government.

    August 28, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The only place this GOP looser will ver get elected is in the dumbed down GOP state of Texas . Just sell the state of Texas to Mexico to reduce the defict the. GOP is crying about and throw perry in for free along with the rest of the GOP idiots.

    August 28, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. kirk

    Come to my right to work state, where you have very few rights as a worker. Your state is in need of an enema. As well as your emotionally bankrupt mind

    August 28, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. Laverne

    That's the kind of guy he is! He certainly would not appreciate another governor coming into his state soliciting businesses. Rick Perry is a disgrace and I am so glad he will NEVER be POTUS!

    August 28, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  7. morrie

    Texas, the sickest state in the union. Go ahead relocate to TX. there you will find poor schools,uneducated work force poor health care, and low wages. The cost of living is higher in TX as well. No state should be trying to be like the idiot gov. and legislature of Texas.

    August 28, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    When asked for comment on the controversies that his ads have created in Missouri, Perry replied, "Oops."

    August 28, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Sniffit

    And you know what's funding TX's low state and local tax rates? YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS. TX routinely receives far more in federal aid than it pays in federal taxes.

    August 28, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  10. Boomer in Mo

    He would have flunked out of MU's Ag College too.

    August 28, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  11. sonny chapman

    The Repub. Govs. Assoc.: The newest political Street Gang in America. Their #1 Goal: DOMINATION. Their Motto: Take No Prisoners. Sounds like a Shiite V.Sunni Mentality ?

    August 28, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    "At the same time, Mehan says Perry's trip to the state was serving a different purpose than his ads. The governor isn't coming to market Texas, Mehan said, but instead to bolster attempts to revive the Missouri tax cut measure.

    Mehan said he had no knowledge of Perry's planned on-air marketing blitz, but defended Perry's right to do so.

    "He is doing what governors do," said Mehan. "They market their states, they are the chief sales people for those states."
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    Why is Perry sticking his nose into the Missouri state house? What does the Missouri state house have to do with Missouri Chamber of Commerce? What does the Missouri Chamber of Commerce have to do with the Perry ads running in Missouri?

    August 28, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. HenryMiller

    "We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states."

    Odd... Abe Lincoln thought otherwise.

    August 28, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. HenryMiller

    Sniffit

    And you know what's funding TX's low state and local tax rates? YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS. TX routinely receives far more in federal aid than it pays in federal taxes.

    =================================================================

    If you Lefties are foolish enough to let yourselves get ripped off in taxes, why shouldn't Texas take advantage of it?

    August 28, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit wrote:

    And you know what's funding TX's low state and local tax rates? YOUR FEDERAL TAX DOLLARS. TX routinely receives far more in federal aid than it pays in federal taxes.
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    Texas has a higher total sales tax, 8.25%, than more than 75% of all states. In addition, Texas charges higher exise taxes on many items such as gas, alcohol, and cigarrettes. Furthermore, Texas sales taxes only apply to end users. Individuals and companies that purchase items for re-sale can apply for a sales tax exemption.

    Texas also has one of the highest property tax rates, 1.81%, in the country, which is exceeded by only 13 states. Again, the taxes are applied mostly to end users. Texas offers generous tax breaks and excemptions to companies and businesses.

    I'm not even goinjg to touch how Texas ranks in pollution, death rates, schools, and other socially oriented issues. In other words, Texas is a great place to run a business, but it is a bad place to live and work.

    August 28, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. S.B. Stein

    Perry doesn't want to mention how few people who live in Texas have health care so that they can be healthy citizens. I don't think that the education system is mentioned either. Some of the universities muight be good, but you have to ask about the high schools and lower grades.

    August 28, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Sniffit

    ""We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states."

    Odd... Abe Lincoln thought otherwise."

    History fail. Lincoln/the North did not attack first.

    August 28, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "If you Lefties are foolish enough to let yourselves get ripped off in taxes, why shouldn't Texas take advantage of it?"

    Aaaw, how cute. Suddenly, when it's a red state, you think it's just grand for people to be mooches. Good to know you're so comfortable with your hypocrisy.

    August 28, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  19. Lisa P.

    As with any Ponzi scheme the "Texas Miracle" requires an endless supply of new victims to stay afloat.

    August 28, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @HenryMiller
    "We're not going to build a better America by attacking other states."
    Odd... Abe Lincoln thought otherwise.

    Henry, I suggest you study history or you will continue to make a fool of yourself.

    On Friday, April 12, 1861, at 4:30 a.m., Confederate batteries opened fire, firing for 34 straight hours, on the fort. Edmund Ruffin, noted Virginian agronomist and secessionist, claimed that he fired the first shot on Fort Sumter.

    August 28, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Larry in Houston

    he doesn't have much longer to go....even the most prominent republicans down here don't much care for him.....They aren't going to put him in for a 4th term.....they are tired of him, to be perfectly honest......even his lieutenant governor is corrupt, and has been caught....too bad.....don't know who we're going to get next, but I hope it's one who values education for the kids & folks who are in school, or who are planning on getting a decent education down here. Some of Perry's policies suck, to be quite frank.

    August 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. ProudDem

    Texas already cannot afford to keep up it's own highways because of not enough revenue. They're tearing up miles and miles of roads to make them gravel. Neither can they fund their education or healthcare needs. They do get a large sum due to having the oil industry in their state, which is an advantage, but they keep cutting those taxes too which gets them into worse and worse trouble.

    August 28, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "Texas has a higher total sales tax, 8.25%, than more than 75% of all states..."

    Yeah, and what's notable about everything you described is just how deliberately regressive the tax laws in TX truly are. I mean, it's like THE textbook example of how to shift all tax burden onto the middle-class and poor for the benefit of the wealthy and corporations.

    August 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. lolo

    This is not a shock. The Republicans have been gaming the system for years. The funny thing is that the Texans and all southern states let them get away with it. This is the problem. The rich gets all of the rewards and the middle classs pays for it off of their backs.

    August 28, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Pander Bear

    Gonna be fun watching Perry's incompetent attempts at a Presidential campaign in 2016. Kinda like Shrek was really funny but Shrek 2 was even funnier.

    August 28, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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