Perry supporters in New Hampshire voice concerns to campaign manager
November 20th, 2011
07:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Perry supporters in New Hampshire voice concerns to campaign manager

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry's national campaign manager met with a small group of supporters in New Hampshire last Monday, as the Texas governor struggled to recover from campaign stumbles and faced reports his fund-raising operation had significantly slowed.

Campaign Manager Rob Johnson spent several days in New Hampshire last week, accompanying Perry to a town hall in Nashua Wednesday afternoon.

At the Monday meet-and-greet, Johnson spoke with about 20 supporters at Portsmouth's 100 Club, said two Republicans who attended the event. One said the event felt like "an apology tour" for Perry, who entered the race to much fanfare but has struggled to gain traction in New Hampshire.

A woman in attendance complained about a lack of communication from the campaign. Others at the meeting chimed in that they, too had not been receiving campaign e-mails.

Some in the audience also complained that Perry had not spent enough time campaigning in the state.

Perry has visited the state seven times, including a visit the week preceding the meet-and-greet.

At the meeting, Johnson apologized for the e-mail confusion, and a field staffer at the event took people's contact information. Johnson told the audience the campaign was focused on New Hampshire, the sources said. One said Johnson had quoted the state adage that "New Hampshire picks presidents."

A campaign adviser said representatives of the campaign routinely visit states with early voting contests and would continue to meet with supporters as the campaign progressed.

The adviser said it wasn't "unique to any state" to hear supporters say they wished to see more of a candidate, but pointed out Perry would be in the state that week and would return after Thanksgiving.

In fact, Perry was in town two days later to host a pair of town-hall meetings and do some local media interviews in the state.

A Bloomberg poll released Wednesday showed Perry with 3% support among likely voters in New Hampshire.

High-profile Perry supporters including Pam Tucker, the deputy house speaker; and former Republican National Committeeman Sean Mahoney attended the meet-and-greet, but did not voice concerns, one source said.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. kenny

    With a 3% rating in New Hampshire, Gov. Perry has got to do more than campaign. That sucker needs to be out there knocking on doors himself and begging people to support him. On second thought, he probably figures why does he have to do it. He is from Texas and they do things "BIG" in Texas. He probably figures he's got more than enough voters in the state of Texas to win the Presidential Election against President Obama. I like his way of thinking. Now if we could only get Bachmann, Cain and Romney to think the same LOL.

    November 20, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    If you liked Hitler, you'll love Perry.

    November 20, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Look at those cold shark eyes and listen to that good ole boy drawl – remind you of Bush? (Without the brain – ha ha ha).

    November 20, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. jimatmadison

    Sniff, sniff. I smell Texas toast.

    Smells like it's done.

    November 20, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    It is too late Rick! You blew it and are only making things worse. You might as well secede and get it over with!

    November 20, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    the 3% there I suggest should change their support to a candidate that has a better chance of winning. Perry has not shown that since coming out to the gate all "YEHAW and YAHOO" racing to the top of the polls. And the thing that helped sink Perry the most has NOT been his performance at the debates, the right wing of the GOP has been known to like candidates that aren't the brightest bulbs in the lamp, but his support for giving kids of illegals instate tuition then calling those that didn't agree with him "heartless". (oddly enough that is the ONE thing I agree with our "guvner" on) He sank in the polls after that to the point now he's going the "fear and smear" to attack the president even using words the POTUS didn't acutally say. It's good Perry has a war chest full of cash because he's going to need it if he wants to stay in this race. The good thing about though is that it is keeping him away from Texas....we need the break.

    November 20, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  7. pn

    Why would anyone support Perry?

    November 20, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  8. chuck weidemann

    Perry is to much yuck,yuck, to do well in New Hampshire!! Alabama or Georgia maybe? Let's just call it over before it really started.

    November 20, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. Dave, CA


    November 20, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Jeff in TX

    Here's a concern. Perry is claiming Obama has lead a life of "privilege." Right. So much for cred.

    November 20, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  11. Gerald


    Why doesn't Perry just forget it! Doesn't he realize that he only succeeds in turning voters off?

    November 20, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. SecedingfromTexas

    Tough luck, New Hampshire Republicans. You picked him, you live with it. You drank the kool-aid and it has been
    costly for you. You know what they say about a fool and his money..................

    November 20, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  13. m

    Poor babies, their little lap dog is not sending them love notes. Too funny!

    November 20, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |

    Perry is a mule in a horse race,.. would you put your money on him?

    November 20, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. WHOOSH

    Wouldn't help if he moved to the state. Does rommy has any ideas of his own? The man is obsessed with BHO. I know where the POTUS stand on issues but, I haven't a clue where mit stand or lie. He spends to much time alking about BHO.

    November 20, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Pam

    Perry's campaign is essentially over. Why doesn't he accept reality and return to Texas? He just ended up embarrassing himself and showing the rest of America what a typical Texan is like.

    November 20, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. Martha in CF

    I think Perry should call it a day and go back to Texas.....

    November 20, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Rick Perry / Louie Gohmert 2012
    Texafi American and bring the cow's back into the barn !

    November 21, 2011 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  19. stevetall

    Well, I guess you folks just have to wake up. Rick Perry is so poorly suited to governing that he shouldn't be in any elective position. Are you kidding me? Haven't you listened to him? Did you miss his drunken speech in your own state? Sheesh. Some of my fellow Americans can be so lame!

    November 21, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. Steven Colo

    He wants to be President but can't figure out how to email supporters. A new low for candidate competence.

    November 21, 2011 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  21. Bushper

    Rick Perry is all fluff and no substance. He is no longer running a campaign, but a scam, it is clear he will loose the repub nomination but still taking campaign money from his dumb contributors.

    November 21, 2011 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  22. Bushper

    Rick Perry is now desperate and shamelessly lied in his latest campaign ad claiming President Obama called Americans lazy. Hey Rick either you are a liar or you are also having problem understanding spoken english. Pityful!

    November 21, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  23. LNB

    The horse is dead. You cans top kicking it.

    November 21, 2011 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  24. Squigman

    Concerns over the manager? How about some concerns on the candidates obscured view of reality? Get a clue.

    November 21, 2011 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  25. T'sah From Virginia

    Perry "blew it" a long time ago with his "Texas Dream Act" – Those folks from the far-RIGHT would never agree to any form of a "Dream Act!!"

    Obama 2012

    November 21, 2011 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
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