POSTED: Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 10:34am
UPDATED: Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 2:30am
AUSTIN, Texas - Gov. Rick Perry is telling tea party organizers across the state to watch their backs for liberals who wish to do them harm.
In an invitation-only conference call with tea party organizers in Texas, Perry urged those participating in Thursday's tax day rallies to "continue looking over your shoulder ... for people trying to make the tea party into something that it's not."
Perry, participating in the call to thank tea party organizers, was following up on warnings from activist Michael Quinn Sullivan that "some liberals are going to try to infiltrate tea parties with racist signs."
Perry said "you can bet that every dirty trick is going to get played on tea parties, trying to marginalize them, trying to make them into something that they're not."
Perry is not scheduled to speak at any of the numerous tax-day tea party rallies protesting government spending.