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Too much damn time on his hands: a trip through Rick Perry’s twitter feed

Submitted by admin on May 11, 2011 – 4:45 pmOne Comment
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By Alex Wukman

Taken moments before Perry decided to use the dog for target practice

After word came out in early March that Texas Governor Rick Perry was blocking reporters from his twitter account Free Press decided to see if we could sign up. Not surprisingly we are among the few reporters in Texas that Rick Perry hasn’t gotten around to blocking. What is surprising is how little Rick Perry has to say on twitter.

No one has ever accused Perry of being the most tech savvy guy, we were going to say high tech Texan, but then we realized Michael Garfield registered that shit in, like, 1994, but in the middle of a monumental budget crisis, that has gotten national attention, one would think the Governor of Texas would have something relevant to say to his nearly 40,000 followers.

On the same day that the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that one of Perry’s aides requested an additional $20 million incentives for TV and film productions, and the San Angelo Standard-Times reported teachers are rallying to protest cuts in education spending, Rick Perry tweeted a link to a story about a family dog watching over a two-yeard-old boy in Wisconsin with the phrase “Man’s best friend or in this case….boy’s best friend!! Love on your dog.”

We had actually planned on spending more time looking for instances of Rick Perry being out of touch, but we found it in his three most recent tweets. Aside from dog stories from Wisconsin Perry tweeted about a bonfire for Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team and a link to a press release about a bet that he and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnel made that Notre Dame would beat the Lady Aggies. The bet is a case of wine from each state.

Then there is the retweet of a photo showing him hanging out with Dallas area pop “rock” band Forever The Sickest Kids. And those tweets were just from April 1 through April 5.

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