AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry was headed for North Texas today to receive a mid-afternoon endorsement from the 11,000-member Texas Association of Builders, which is holding the three-day Sunbelt Builders Show in Grapevine. Perry and TAB leaders were expected to announce the endorsement at a 3:15 p.m. press conference.
Although times have been tough on home-builders during the Great Recession, home-builders in Texas have fared better than those in other states. Texas had 50 percent more housing starts than the rest of the country, said TAB spokesman Scott McClure.
The Republican governor, who is facing a challenge from U.S. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison in the GOP gubernatorial primary race, also snared an endorsement from another state chief executive - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is currently chairman of the national Republican Governors Association.
Barbour said Perry's efforts to limit government and restrain spending "have kept Texas strong in the face of our nation's economic downturn."
-- Dave Montgomery