Texas politicians react to Gov. Rick Perry's announcement
Texas politicians were quick to react Monday to Gov. Rick Perry's announcement that he wouldn't seek a record fourth-term in office.
Among the comments sent out:
“It has been an honor to work with my friend, Governor Rick Perry, in creating the most conservative state in America. In his final 18 months as Governor we will continue to work closely together to make Texas even stronger. His legacy of principled, conservative leadership will have a lasting impact on the Lone Star State, protecting freedom and expanding opportunity for all.” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
“ I usually disagree with the Governor several times per day, but I appreciate his love of Texas and wish him the best of luck. Unfortunately, his legacy will be one of cutting education funding, pushing more testing into our classrooms, and promoting issues that divide Texans rather than bringing us together.” State Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio.
“Governor Perry led the Great State of Texas during a period that will forever be etched in history for unprecedented job creation and economic growth – his leadership has helped empower all Texans to pursue and achieve unlimited opportunity. We should all be grateful to Gov. Perry for the work he has done to keep Texas the most prosperous state in the nation.” U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
“As the longest serving Texas Governor, Rick Perry has finally realized his time has come to an end. ... I strongly believe the majority of Texans are able to say they are happy Governor Perry has decided to vacate his position, and they look forward to real change in the near future.” U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas
“Under Governor Perry’s leadership, Texas has been a shining example that less government, lower taxes and fewer regulations helps to grow jobs and move our economy forward. It’s a striking contrast to the big government, big spending, liberal mindset of the current Administration.” U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas
“I have fought on the frontlines with Governor Perry to help create jobs, cut taxes, and stop federal overreach. If Texas is to remain the envy of the nation, we need strong conservative leaders like him in the future that will fight back against Obama and his liberal allies in Texas. Janet and I want to thank Governor Perry for his leadership and wish him and Anita the best of luck in the future.” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples
“Throughout Governor Perry's tenure the Texas economy has been then envy of the nation. His impressive legacy is that of a strong, growing state with an expanding economy in a land of unlimited opportunity. That legacy is something for which all Texans should be grateful.” State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville.