[UPDATED with Register Tongue Bath:] Rick Perry, Texas Governor and GOP Presidential Possible, Shakes the Newport Beach Money Tree

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UPDATE, JULY 1, 8:11 P.M.: The Orange County Register Editorial Board loves them some Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

After the Republican met in Newport Beach's Pacific Club with big GOP donors and the likes of Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh, Flash Report publisher Jon Fleischman, OC GOP Chairman Emeritus Tom Fuentes, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach), Board of Equalization member Michelle Steele, former state Republican Party chairman Shawn Steel, former Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine), Claremont Institute President Brian Kennedy and--most tellingly--Reg opinion shaper Brian Calle, Santa Ana's daily gave Perry the print version of a tongue bath.

Read the editorial here and see if you don't agree.

What's not to love, if you believe government can do no right and corporate America can do no wrong? Some lines from the editorial that likely left many an Orange County Register Editorial Board seat wet:

He focused on fiscal conservatism, encouraging private sector competition and reverence for the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, which he recited verbatim from memory.

[H]e said tax policies ought to be "as light on businesses as possible and still keep necessary services" for those who need them.

The "regulatory environment must be fair and predictable."

There should be a legal system that does not allow frivolous lawsuits.

"Mr. Perry was articulate, and his remarks seemed natural and extemporaneous," concluded the editorial. ". . . Republicans still in search of a standout candidate might find it in Rick Perry. Given the way he talked in Newport Beach, we would be surprised if he did not soon announce his candidacy. He looks poised to run."

You go, girl! After all, it's not like the Register has ever steered us toward a Republican Texas governor who went on to screw everything up in the White House.


ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 30, 8:11 A.M.: Will he or won't he?

It's the question close watchers of the Republican Party's presidential prospects want Texas Gov. Rick Perry to answer.

Before he can, however, Perry has to come to Newport Beach today to ask the moneymen a question of his own:

Should I?

Like, if the Big Wallets on Orange County's Gold Coast are already committed to, say, Mitt Romney, what's the point?

Proving that not all campaign cash comes from one Southern California basket, Perry is scheduled first to meet with Rolex- and diamond-bracelet shakers in Beverly Hills.

After the private meeting somewhere in Newport Beach, Perry heads up the middle of the state (which should remind him of the nicer parts of Texas) to Sacramento.

Fueling much of that will-he-or-won't-he talk: Today marks Perry's second visit to the Golden State in two weeks.

Hell, Schwarzenegger didn't even spend that much time here.

A Perry spokesman denied to the Associated Press that the governor is here on behalf of a 2012 presidential run, maintaining that the visit is associated with official Texas business. But it sounds like Shawn Steel, a Republican National Committee member and Palos Verdes attorney, would have liked to have measured the spokesman's nose while the denials were aired.

"I sense that he is beyond considering running for president. He is now planning to run for president," Steel is reported to have said, adding the Texas governor's California swing "has everything to do with 2012."

Steel will get to ask the man of the hour himself, as he plans to attend the Newport Beach gathering.

By the way, announced GOP candidates Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman have already come to Orange County for their own private meet-and-greets--presumably with hats in glad hands.

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Briansays
Briansays

from wonkette

It is Election Season, which means that every legislative agenda item across America is now required to pointlessly pander to everyone’s weirdest fears by passing laws against stupid things like “saying Sharia Law while riding an escalator” or “explaining to children that gay people exist.” But Texas, because it is Bigger at Everything, wants to do ”unconstitutional” for extra points. Gov. Rick Perry has taken an abandoned state law banning TSA pat-downs and put it back on a special legislative session agenda that only he gets to create, even though a U.S. Attorney sent a letter to lawmakers warning that they are not allowed to block federal law and let terrorists fly on planes just because Rick Perry is afraid of someone touching his butt. Perry is under pressure from paranoid wingnut Tea Party people to prohibit TSA pat-downs, which at some point here is going to devolve into “let’s just allow people to bring guns on airplanes to stop the FURRINERS from getting on the flights.” This will be Rick Perry’s 2016 campaign platform.From Reuters:“I am grateful that the governor heard the calls of the people demanding that lawmakers stand up for the liberties of Texans,” Wesley Strackbein, a conservative activist and founder of TSATyranny.com, told Reuters. Strackbein said he traveled to the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans over the weekend to confront Perry on the issue.The bill would make it a Class A misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in prison or a $4,000 fine — for a TSA agent to “touch the anus, sexual organ, buttocks, or breast of another person, even through that person’s clothing” for the purpose of “granting access to a building or a form of transportation.”If Texas lawmakers pass such a bill, the TSA will be forced to ground all planes trying to fly out of Texas until someone goes, “eh, supremacy clause, you morons, read the Constitution.” On the other hand, there will be an airborne wall around Texas, which is not anyone’s worst nightmare. [Reuters]

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

He must be a bad guy.....His state have lower taxes and jobs! I guess he is a bad guy!!!....

twilight11
twilight11

My concern:  Why are people so taken by a speach and a smile.  Any con artist can do that. Are people not researching what has happened in Texas.  I understand he is a conservative.  But, he is a hypocrit and thats to say the least

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

I thought George W. Bush was conisdered a smart Republican governor from Texas compared with Perry.....

GT5
GT5

His state is in fiscal trouble and has a huge debt, just like Calif. He wants to eliminate the line between church and state, something Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, and Paine all would strictly oppose. But I guess the real positions  of our founding fathers don't hold much water in the good ole' OC   

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