Rick Perry tried to justify his new anti-gay, and anti-every-religion-but-Christianity ad
by putting out an equally offensive ad. In his new ad Perry attempts to justify his previous remarks by explaining that he is not “politically correct,” as if that would make his anti-gay, anti-every religion but Christianity, remarks acceptable.
Perry specifically mentions the corruption caused by congressmen becoming lobbyists as one form of legal corruption. He concludes by saying:
As bold, foolish, and paradoxical as the first ad might seem, this second is worse. In the second, Perry specifically makes reference to the legal corruption promoted by lobbyists who formerly held office or were closely related to a politician who was in office. It’s as if Perry thinks we have forgotten about Mike Toomey. Mike Toomey was the former chief-of-staff for Perry, and who went on to work as one of only three lobbyists in the State of Texas for Merck, the drug company that manufactures Gardasil. Perry’s ties to Merck run even deeper. Perry received thousands of dollars from Merck’s political action committee. Merck doubled its lobbying efforts in Texas, not only supporting Perry, but also “Women in Government.” Perry is connected to “Women in Government.” Perry’s current chief of staff is related to the state director of Women in Government. She is his mother-in-law. Additionally a top official from Merck’s vaccine division sits on Women in Government’s business council. Thus, when Rick Perry issued an executive order mandating the vaccination of school girls between ages 11 and 12, with Gardasil, manufactured by Merck, it created the appearance of political incorrectness.
Mike Toomey is respected and feared for his keen intellect, tough political tactics and his longstanding partnership with the governor. Mr. Toomey’s clients have won $2 Billion in state government contracts since 2008. Mr. Toomey has turned his success on behalf of his clients to Mr. Perry’s benefit, funneling their political donations into groups that have helped strengthen both his legislative majorities and his re-election efforts. Campaign finance laws have often allowed Mr. Toomey and his clients to obscure their involvement. Toomey was involved in the Tom Delay scandal over the 2002 redistricting of congressional districts in Texas? He was one of the shadiest, most central of figures in that scandal.
But the unethical conduct of Toomey doesn’t end at the executive order mandating the use of Garsadil. Mr. Toomey, “…embodies the worst in Texas that has led to deregulation, corruption, unethical figures like Tom Delay, and the enrichment of special big business interests at the expense of Texans.” The fact that Toomey was paid $260,000 by Merck to lobby Perry and his aides is only one example of the money he has realized as a result of his relationship to Rick Perry, and the money he has funneled to Perry. Mike Toomey helped Rick Perry get $465,000 in a land deal from Michael Dell, the computer magnate.
Perry once sold a 9.3-acre tract to computer magnate Michael Dell for nearly four times what he paid for it, using influential Texas lobbyist Mike Toomey as the broker. The West Austin property sold for $465,000 in 1995 and gave the Dell estate badly needed access to an adjacent municipal sewage district.
Thus when Perry says he is not “politically correct” he is right. He is politically “incorrect” and his relationship with Mike Toomey is not only unethical, but is a specific example of a politician turned lobbyist. Mike Toomey is exactly the type of scum that hurts all of Texas, and he is trying to position himself to cause damage to the entire country. Rick Perry says he is not “politically correct,’ and that’s the first thing he has said that we can believe.