I'd like to disavow any association between me and Gov. Perry in advance of his declaration to run for the office of President of the United States. Word has surfaced that he's planning to announce his intention to run for the office this Saturday at an appearance in North Carolina.
I just want to make this clear, not only do we not share political views, I don't acknowledge that he comes from the same state that I do.
The State of Texas that I come from doesn't aspire to discriminate against gays, doesn't want to interfere in the health choices of it citizens, and doesn't care which religion (or lack of religion) its citizens ascribe to.
The secular State of Texas. I'm not sure if he's ever heard of it even though he's been elected to run it more often than any previous governor.
If you aren't from 'round here, and plan on writing about the governor, I recommend that you read this article in Texas Monthly (in fact, you probably should subscribe. It is the National Magazine of Texas, after all) those of us who have had the misfortune of being unfairly characterized by the press covering Texas leaders in the past will thank you for it, and it will save you from thinking he's just another version of George W. Bush. He's much worse than that.