The Texas Governor’s race in Texas just kicked over a boiling kettle, as the gloves came off:
HOUSTON (AP) — Special teams of Texas Rangers will be deployed to the Texas-Mexico border to deal with increasing violence because the federal government has failed to address growing problems there, Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday. “It is an expansive effort with the Rangers playing a more high-profile role than they’ve ever played before,” Perry said of the Department of Public Safety’s elite investigative unit.
The forces, dubbed “Ranger recon” teams, are the latest effort “to fill the gap that’s been left by the federal government’s ongoing failure to adequately secure our international border with Mexico,” he said.
The governor early this year asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for 1,000 National Guard troops and renewed his call last month in a letter to President Barack Obama. The request is bogged down over who will pay for the troops and how they will be deployed.
Perry’s announcement Thursday comes amid increasing border violence, particularly in El Paso, mostly involving people with ties to Mexican drug gangs.
“Washington is shortchanging them, not giving them the support they need,” Perry said. “As a result, we’re having to dedicate our resources to deal with the challenges we have along the Texas-Mexico border and ensuing issues that porous border has created all across state of Texas.”
Perry’s announcement drew immediate criticism from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is running against the two-term incumbent in the March GOP primary. “Today’s announcement is yet another empty election-year promise from Rick Perry on border security,” Hutchison spokesman Joe Pounder said.
Uh . . . Kay? You might want to rethink your choice of spokesmen. You’re the one who’s gone back on her promise to only serve two terms, dear.
Perry fired back that it was the “height of hypocrisy for someone who’s been in Washington, D.C., for 16 years, who’s had the opportunity to help Texas on our border security, and they’ve been no more successful in delivering the resources and help.”
“I happen to think we’ve taken advantage of every program that’s been effective,” responded Perry, who has been branding his opponent as someone from Washington out of touch with her home state. “Pointing out one program that has been funded and leaving the 800-pound gorilla – which is 1,000 National Guard troops that we need – I am stunned someone from Washington, D.C., would say they’ve done enough to secure our border.”
I’m not sure Kay will be able to return to Texas when she’s done at this rate. And how out-of-touch with your home state do you have to be to not know about the border violence in El Paso and Eagle Pass?
Kay? Word to the wise? Just keep your own campaign promise and resign your Senate seat already. If you win, you’re Governor, and we’ll get a better Senator. If you lose, we get a great Governor and a better Senator too.
You’re not impressing me anymore, Kay. And we live in times too uncertain to have a Senator (or Governor, for that matter) who might go all wobbly on us.
Resign, Kay. Resign now like you promised, please.