No tea party for Perry as he weighs nomination bid
POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 12:49pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 8:17pm
CONCORD, N.H. — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is facing intensifying attacks from the tea party movement.
Perry was an early tea party supporter, but some conservative activists have turned sour as he moves closer to launching a presidential campaign. They're particularly upset with his position on immigration, but also criticize his record on public health, spending and his former affiliation with the Democratic Party.
Tea party groups in Texas have shared criticism with the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition, which now dedicates a section of its website to attacking Perry. The Granite State group also sent emails to supporters warning there's more to Perry than meets the eye.
Perry strategist David Carney concedes that activists in early voting states will be skeptical until they get to know the governor.