While Texas Gov. Rick Perry's speech before the Texas State Republican Convention in Fort Worth was generally well received, according to the Houston Chronicle, there was at least one instance in which Perry made his audience unhappy.
Perry booed for mentioning David Dewhurst
RealClearPolitics notes that Perry was booed momentarily when he suggested that America needs more conservatives in Washington, "including my friend David Dewhurst." It is not secret that Perry has warmly supported the Lt. Governor of Texas over his opponent, tea party favorite Ted Cruz, to fill the United States Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Perry offers another interpretation
Displaying the cheek that got him through various "oops" moments during the primary campaign, Perry later offered another interpretation of the incident. According to ABC News, when button holed by a reporter later about the booing, Perry quipped that he thought they were yelling, "Dew!"
Dewhurst dismisses the incident
The RealClearPolitics account relates how Dewhurst himself dismissed the incident, noting that no one in a democracy gets 100 percent of the vote and there are always people who disagree. Dewhurst also touted his role in what he called the "Texas economic miracle."
Perry has supported Dewhurst since May
The ABC News account notes that Perry formally endorsed Dewhurst in May, even cutting an ad for him touting his conservative qualities. The Associated Press stated at the time that Perry sought to refute, in the 60-second radio ad, those who doubted Dewhurst's conservative bona fides. Nevertheless, Perry's support of Dewhurst has placed him in opposition to conservative stalwarts like Sarah Palin and fellow Texan and persistent presidential candidate Ron Paul. Groups like the Club for Growth and Freedomworks have thrown their support behind Cruz.
Ron Paul also addressed the convention
Thursday night, Ron Paul addressed the convention, according to the RealClearPolitics account. His address was supposed to be on the subject of "Uniting the Republicans and Balancing the Federal Budget." Paul is certainly in favor of the latter, but is not so sure of the former. "Uniting is very important. But you have to ask the question, 'What are you uniting around?'" he asked. He suggested that calls for unity are just an excuse to spend more money. While Paul has not won a single primary contest, he will go to the national convention with a small slate of delegates. His followers remain passionate, something that the Republican establishment must take into account.
Texas resident Mark Whittington writes about state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
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