Readers of the latest issue of Fort Worth Weekly won't have trouble missing a half-page ad on page 3.
It begins, "I believe Rick Perry's only asset is beautiful hair; Otherwise he is just completely full of crap!!!" What follows is a laundry list of criticisms against Perry including the amount taxpayers are currently paying for his rental mansion while the official Governor's Mansion is restored.
This exercise in freedom of speech is courtesy of Billy Mitchell of Aledo. Along with the Weekly, he said he also paid to have the ad run this week in the Weatherford Democrat and the Community News in Aledo.
"My phone is ringing off the walls," Mitchell said. "I did it because of the injustice going on under eminent domain in Texas."
It's a recurring theme for the rancher, who first caught attention in 2007 for leasing this billboard along Interstate 30 in west Fort Worth:
The billboard was the culmination of Mitchell's losing fight to keep a natural gas pipeline off his 70-acre ranch. Along with anti-Perry ad, he has another full-page advertisement in the Weekly devoted mostly to plans to build a sewer plant in nearby Willow Park.
Mitchell said his newspaper ad campaign is the latest salvo to bring about private property rights reform.
"I'd really like to see all incumbents out at this point because they seem to have lost touch with the people," said Mitchell, who is backing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
For those interested, Mitchell has posted most of the text of his ad (along with his sourcing) here on his web site.