Making news when you're the Guv is easy
It was a common theme through the early days of this blog (almost one year old now) that governors have an advantage in campaigns: what they do is covered by the media. When you're the governor, there's an advantage in being able to do things. Comptroller Strayhorn has also been quite adept for getting media attention, but all too frequently the way she got attention was not endearing to GOP primary voters.
Exhibit A: Perry criticizes FEMA:
Amid new allegations that federal hurricane disaster aid is being bungled, Gov. Rick Perry warned Tuesday that as many as 65,000 Hurricane Katrina evacuees could face eviction in Texas before Christmas because federal officials have not paid the rent.
Perry also complained in a tersely worded letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff that: "Our victims of (Hurricane) Rita are being treated differently from the Louisiana victims of Rita. Natural disasters recognize no state boundaries, and neither should FEMA."
Exhibit B: "Perry orders flags flown at half-mast in honor of Rosa Parks" was a representative headline a few days ago, here by the FWST.
To be sure, the opportunity to act and be in control when a disaster like Katrina happens is a greater benefit than either of these exhibits. Governor Perry, Mayor White, and Judge Eckels all took advantage of the opportunity. Good governing is good politics.
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