October 4th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
12 years ago

White hammers Perry over tech fund questions

(CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Democratic challenger came out swinging Monday after the Dallas Morning News published a lengthy investigation into more than $16 million in state technology grants given to companies run by top Perry campaign donors.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White, trailing by six or seven points according in recent polls, called on the Republican governor to "come clean" about why money from the taxpayer-funded Texas Emerging Technology Fund, created by Perry in 2005, was steered to "hand-picked" companies.

"It's part of a pattern of Rick Perry helping his friends and his friends helping Rick Perry," White told reporters in Houston.

White said Perry needs to release details about conversations with the companies that received grants, ethics guidelines that may or may not have been followed and performance measures used to award the grants.

White's campaign, hoping to undercut Perry's reputation as a fiscal conservative, has deemed the story a "public corruption scandal."

Perry and his advisers said politics did not influence his decision-making process and said any appearance to the contrary is coincidental.

The Republican tried to turn the tables on White, accusing him of directing public money to political allies while serving as mayor.

Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the Dallas Morning News story "dwelled on less than five percent of the $334 million awarded to Texas companies and schools."

"Once again Bill White has chosen to criticize proven and effective resources that have made the Texas economy one of the strongest in the nation," Miner told CNN in an e-mail.

"It's unfortunate that Bill White would attack a program that is positioning Texas and our universities to be a world leader in bio-technology and other cutting-edge fields that will save lives."

Filed under: 2010 • Bill White • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Hey Perry do you still want to divide nation and take TX out of the Union? I'm sure a lot of your Neo-Confederate pals would like to turn the clock back to the 1800's.

    October 4, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. coy4one

    Perry is a joke. His governorship has been about whose pockets to fill, but mostly his own. Even the comments above about "less than five percent of the $334 million awarded to Texas companies and schools" tries to trivalize and cover the public's eyes on the seriousness of the situation. I personally care if it is $1 going to companies if the process is handled wrong. This is an excellent example about why the law is wrong to allow special interests and companies to contribute to campaigns. Politicians like Perry use various funded programs to pay back their largest contributors.

    October 4, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    My........my........my........ The "Big GOP Sweep" may not really happen! And MSNBC is breaking the story of a recording of Sharon Angle (Nevada Teapee-er) begging an Independent candidate for the Senate to leave the race so.......she can win! And...... get this..... in the recording she is trashing.......the ......Republicans! Folks, you can't make this stuff up!

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    October 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. jenna

    The Tea Party is the Party of Quitters. And Perry is a corporate crook.

    When the going gets tough in the USA all they do is complain.
    What is their plan for change? They do not have one.
    When they are in government will they still just complain and blame?

    Do not be surprised that the Tea Party nuts, like odonnell and paul, and angel and Buck and Paladino just help out their own buddies with all our money. Their buddies are the same bankers and big business jerks that ruined our economy in the first place. They, like Palin, are a bunch of quitters just our for themselves.
    Don't get fooled again....
    This chump Perry is just like the others.

    October 4, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Terry from West Texas

    "Rebel Yell" Rick Perry is a disgrace and a laughing-stock. Any elected official who proposes a second Civil War and the secession of states from the Union does not deserve anyone's vote. Thank God for South Carolina, or Texas would be the joke of the nation. When George W. Bush was elected our Governor, I said, "Well, at least Texas' next governor has GOT to be smarter than Bush." Boy, was I wrong.

    October 4, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    Yes, I'm sure that it is just coincidence when people who pay get paid in return.

    October 4, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Is There Any Doubt That The Republican Party If Given Power . . .

    Proves time in and time out that they are lackeys to their mega-business croonies.

    October 4, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. diridi

    I told you long back...GOP is full of thugs...so vote for any Democrat...better than GOP thugs..Tea Party idiots with no brain...God Bless...GOP thugs said, they repeal Health Care reform already passed and cut down on minimum wage...watch these GOP thugs...

    October 4, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. 8 Years of having a drunken driver at the wheel put America in the ditch, why would working Americans return the keys to the crowd drinking at the same bar?

    Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the Dallas Morning News story "dwelled on less than five percent of the $334 million awarded to Texas companies and schools."

    Doofus, the point is that Pompadour Perry's actions were 100% illegal.

    October 4, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Ed L

    Perry the Execution Governor.... just another GOP THUG

    October 4, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. FedUpRepublican

    Perry’s a typical good ole boy politician whose political expiration date passed a long time ago. Get rid of him!

    October 4, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  12. "I Want My Country Back" Libs Go Home

    This only goes to show just how "scared to death" the Liberal Democrat machine is! And the Machine includes the Liberal Left Media; CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC. In every race they are inserting a "Nicki, or a Racist Tea Partier, or a Sarah Palin, Glen Beck, supporter!
    Well let me give you a little caffine in your coffee; if you think for one minute that in a anti-democrat election, in a Republican state, where there is an incumbent Republican govenor running against a Liberal/Entitlement pushing/Democrat Houston mayor as his opponent definitely is......if you think for one minute that Rick Perry will fall to Bill White.....I have some Gulf shoreline property located in Arkansas I want to sell you!

    October 4, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  13. vs

    It is a wonder that there are any democrats left in this state. Here a person like Perry that spews bigotry, intolerance and secession can get elected as Governer. Where school textbooks are rewriting history to fit the "ideals" of right wing fanatics. The home state of "W" who made stupidity a virtue. I don't think that White has a chance but one can always hope for sanity to prevail.

    October 4, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Eric of Reseda

    Perry is a scumbag in a patriots' clothes. Perry is bad for everything good America stands for. And he is good for everything bad America stands for...This man is all about one thing: money, and keeping him and his cronies swimmin' in it.

    October 4, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Hugo

    Gee golly batman is like the Democrats and the trial lawyer lobbyists and tort law reform? Just remember Democrat libs, the President doesn't spend, it is Congress that spends. When you follow the deficits and unemployment guess what? They coincide with Democraptic control of the Congress, Obama voted for the spending as a Senator and is in full support of it as President. We are broke and it is Governments turn on a Federal and State level to take layoffs, pay-cuts and lose their golden entitlement pensions and benefits!

    October 4, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  16. u2canfail

    Perry is so interesting. If you are a GOP contributor (contribute to Perry), we can fund you! Ah, welfare for the wealthy!
    Bill White was fabulous in Houston! Make Texas great again. It was, a few years back.

    October 4, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |