No tea party for Perry as he weighs nomination bid

No tea party for Perry as he weighs nomination bid

POSTED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 12:49pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 8:17pm

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.

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He will not announce until after the next Republican debate which will be in, I think 15 to 20 days. Perry is too much of a coward to debate even fellow Republicans.

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