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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

If I do say so myself: My response to Governor Perry's State of the State Address

Mexican American Legislative Caucus Responds to Governor Perry's State of the State Address


(Austin, Texas) Today, Governor Rick Perry delivered his state of the state speech in which he outlined his legislative priorities for the 81st Legislative Session. Governor Perry focused on what will become the broad strokes of his campaign to be re-elected Governor of Texas. The only problem-- Texans are not interested in politics, they are interested in solutions.

"The only thing apparent was that someone is running for re-election." said Representative Trey Martinez Fischer (D-San Antonio), the Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. "At a time, when 99% of Texans are worried about their paychecks and their pocketbooks, Governor Perry is worried about re-election."

In what most consider to be the race of his political career, Governor Perry is expected to face strong opposition in the Republican gubernatorial primary by sitting United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Governor Perry's speech was marked by references to controversial and partisan policies like voter identification.

"From the kitchen table to the Capitol, Texans are welcoming a new era of politics driven by what unites us--they are choosing policy over platitudes," said Representative Martinez Fischer.

"MALC stands ready to work to help create jobs, increase access to quality and affordable healthcare and create opportunities for small businesses. Divisive rhetoric above common sense doesn't create jobs," said Representative Martinez Fischer.