oh boy….

Washington Post: …. Rick Perry, whose bid for the White House depends heavily on support from religious conservatives, finds himself confronting an issue that is a flash point for that part of his base: his attempt to order schoolgirls to take a vaccine that would protect them against a sexually transmitted virus.

The uproar over the Gardasil vaccine – manufactured by Merck, a major Perry campaign donor – knocked the candidate off-stride during a Republican debate Monday night ….

Perry bristled at accusations from Michele Bachmann that he had pushed the vaccine in 2007 at the bidding of Merck, a Perry donor that also employed a former aide to the governor as a lobbyist.

“It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them,” Perry said. “I raise about $30 million. And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.”

But campaign disclosure records portray a much deeper financial connection with Merck than Perry’s remarks suggest.

His gubernatorial campaigns, for example, have received nearly $30,000 from the drugmaker since 2000, most of that before he issued his vaccine mandate, which was overturned by the Texas legislature.

Merck and its subsidiaries have also given more than $380,000 to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) since 2006, the year that Perry began to play a prominent role in the Washington-based group…

Perry served as chairman of the RGA in 2008 and again this year, until he decided to run for president. The group also ranks among the governor’s biggest donors, giving his campaign at least $4 million over the past five years….

…. One of Perry’s closest confidantes, his former chief of staff Mike Toomey, was then working as an Austin-based lobbyist for Merck, which was in the midst of a multimillion-dollar campaign to persuade states to make the vaccine mandatory.

Toomey, who has declined requests for comment, has since helped found Make Us Great Again, a pro-Perry super PAC that can accept unlimited donations from corporations and wealthy donors. The group plans to raise as much as $55 million to help Perry compete for the GOP nomination, according to media reports.

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23 Responses to “oh boy….”

  1. 1 gcwp1
    September 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I think he’s in deep shit, and way too stupid to extricate himself, wealthy backers not withstanding.

  2. 3 Mary Gray
    September 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    There is no way this pig will ever fly. PBO should be lucky to have this joke as an opponent. He is so transparent!

  3. September 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    It’s time to ROAST this pig, Rick Perry. Keep turning up the heat and roast his ass to a crisp!

  4. 5 StR
    September 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    This is going to finish him. His claim of $5000 made the issue of how much he did get a real issue. It could also be used to attack the SuperPAC that can raise unlimited money from secret donors. If somebody can pin the idea that Perry is for sale, than the identity of his secret donors becomes a major issue – who is buying him in secret? Than you look over his donor lists and see how it connects to legislation he championed that eventually passed.

    Of course Romney, Bachmann and the rest all have SuperPACs with their secret donors and donations.

  5. 7 utaustinliberal
    September 13, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    My goodness the ties a lot of corporations have with lawmakers is disturbing. They basically buy their way to the legislative table and begin to enact regressive laws that affect everyone without a gazillion zeros to their name.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      September 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      This is why our ONE VOTE is so important. If we work together and everyone of good conscience VOTES, we can defeat the gazillion dollars used to buy the other side’s candidate.

  6. September 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    After looking at the talking heads and the news and surfing the net, it is MHO that this country is languishing in a very large toilet. Lies are tolerated, civility is meaningless, doubletalk is viable and stupidity rewarded. i served in the military for over 16 years and did so hoping things would get better…If i had the health, resources and energy, i’d leave this pillaged land and take all AA with me and leave it to the knuckle dragging, mouth breathing flatlanders.

    • 10 jacquelineoboomer
      September 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Please don’t lose hope. Remember the media and the Internet just portray and embody a certain percentage of Americans. There are still lots of good folks in this country, a bunch of whom are on blogs like this one. Other bunches of them totally support the President, from sea to shining sea.

      It’s hard, I know. But hang in there! Just smile to yourself thinking about the man in the White House. He’s one of us.

    • September 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      @yardarm756, the mood you’re experiencing right now is a direct goal of tthe media , GOP, et.al. You must detach from the crazy, really. Who are you palilng around with? Are these folks as nutty as the folks you see on tee vee? This is an alternate universe being created to produce fear, anger, hate, greed, alll the negative emotions to distract us from the powerful few.

      Please know that this is only a small, but powerful, monied few who are pulling the strings. don’t let them pull yours. Keep the faith, baby!!! :-)America is beautiful, because you’re here.

      • September 13, 2011 at 11:14 pm

        Ametia know this, the things you’ve mentioned haven’t broken me. i’m just tired. All my life i’ve been a salmon swimming up stream. From high school counselors telling me i should pursue vocational education instead of college to being the first black to attend Electronics Technician School in the U.S.Navy. There were more firsts with Bell Labs and AT&T and all were a vexation to the spirit. But i’ve been on the planet for almost 3/4 of a century and i’ve grown very weary of the bullshit.
        The President will ALWAYS have my support and vote until i leave this place but i will pull the emotional plug. Thanks for your words of encouragement. You too jacqueline.

        • 13 jacquelineoboomer
          September 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm

          We understand your frustration, totally, since many of us have been there and are here on our so-called second wind. Can I send you a virtual hug? Take care.

  7. September 13, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The Republican’s plan is working out perfectly. Gov. Perry is being seen as unelectable which makes the cipher Mitt Romney more electable in the general election of 2012. Romney is being touted as the savior of Social Security, but WE ALL KNOW THE TRUTH. I was hoping Perry would be the nominee because that would increase President Obama’s chances for re-election in 2012. Even though we know the cipher Mitt through Bain Capital has bought and gutted more companies and shipped those jobs overseas, than he has created, but he will be touted as a successful, experienced “businessman” who is a “job creator” rather than the “job destroyer” that he actually is. The workers in his country have been so mistreated and lied to for the last thirty years they will be so desparate for a good job they will believe the big lie about Mitt and the Republicans. This is so sad.

  8. 15 carolyn
    September 13, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Does anybody know the number of viewers for last night’s clown show?
    Rick Perry is not unelectable to the Tea Party faithful….maybe the so-called establishment Republicans, but they are not pulling the strings right now. I’m not going to make any predictions about the outcome of these primaries, but this contest isn’t over until the primaries are at least 55% over. People are acting like the nominee has been named. Remember 2007….EVERYONE KNEW Hillary would be the nominee….it was a done deal. That should remind us how wrong the so-called “experts” are. They have nothing else to fill all those hours, and just love to hear themselves talk. When President Obama has only ONE opponent, and can face the American people straight on without the sideshow….just watch what happens. He’s building pressure and exerting his presence right now on these trips.
    Is Sarah going to get into the mix at the end of this month? I know she is just dying to get all that attention again. However, we know she can’t hold out for the long haul. She only had two months in 2008, and couldn’t last the governor’s term.

  9. 21 carolyn
    September 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    If CNN says 3.6 million, then I’d estimate no more than 3.2 million. They want to look as good as possible. Isn’t this less than last week’s debate? I predict each debate will have fewer viewers. We on this blog, and people like us are highly involved, but most people are not. Remember, the general election is won between Labor Day and November…this is when people totally pay attention. People have to take care of their families, work, deal with school……so many every day things. When my children were in grade school, middle school and high school, I was so busy….both my husband and I worked full time in education, we were busy going to kids’ events and keeping the wolf from the door, that politics did not take up a tiny percent of our time and thought. We paid attention for about a month before any election, and I think that is typical. Perhaps it is one reason we’re in the mess we are, but in another way it’s good. It gives people like us time to work and get this thing going for the others. The cable show audiences are really small when compared to the total population of the country.

    • 22 jacquelineoboomer
      September 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm

      I think the 3.6 came from Nielsen, for what that’s worth!

      • 23 jacquelineoboomer
        September 13, 2011 at 11:38 pm

        I checked – 7.4 million watched last week’s debate, so you are right with your prediction so far, carolyn.

        Oh, and, this week, 3.8 million watched American Pickers on The History Channel. We got this!

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