The Texas Tribune has a story today which advances some theories about the rift between Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, and the folks associated with the Bush family. Today, “41” (that would be George Herbert Walker Bush) publicly endorsed Kay Bailey Hutchinson, the Republican who is challenging Perry in a primary.
The story includes a reference to Perry’s campaigning in Iowa in 2007 on behalf of Rudy Giuliani, a Republican presidential hopeful at the time. Here’s a snippet from the story:
Then there was (Perry’s) 2007 appearance at an Iowa house party for Rudy Giuliani. Perry told a living room full of Iowa Republicans that the President (George W. Bush) was “never, ever” a fiscal conservative. “Wasn’t when he was in Texas … I mean, ’95, ’97, ’99, George Bush was spending money.”
He continued: “George was never a fiscal conservative. I think people thought he was.”