Critics see a pattern of insider dealings in the long tenure of the 60-year-old Perry. Three notable examples:
— The pharmaceutical giant Merck hired the governor’s former chief of staff as lobbyist when the governor ordered all sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated with a new anti-virus drug.
— A Perry legislative aide worked for a Spanish highway company that won a state contract to build a vast network of toll roads across the state.
— Texas chicken king Bo Pilgrim donated $125,000 to Perry’s GOP interests after the governor requested a waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency’s ethanol rules that Pilgrim wanted.
Why yes, yes we are. At least those of us who don’t stand to gain from some insider deal/handout he has going on…