Texas Gov. Perry Begins 5-Day Job-Poaching Visit To New York, Connecticut

TV, Radio Ads Bashing Local Restrictions Preceded Perry’s Visit


Gov. Rick Perry in ‘Texas Is Calling’ ad. (credit: YouTube)

Gov. Rick Perry in ‘Texas Is Calling’ ad. (credit: YouTube)

(CBSNewYork/AP),  06/16/13

NEW YORK – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has kicked off his northeast tour where he’ll make stops in New York and Conn. in an effort to entice businesses to move to the Lone Star State.Ahead of his arrival in New York on Sunday, the Republican former presidential candidate launched a TV and radio ad campaign trumpeting his state’s record on small businesses

In $600,000 worth of radio spots that begin airing Wednesday in New York City and Albany, he scoffs at the state’s “‘new’ New York” promotional campaign.

Perry says: “The new New York sounds a lot like the old New York. Higher taxes. Stifling regulations. Bureaucrats telling you whether you can even drink a Big Gulp.”

The TV ads feature Dallas Cowboy great Emmitt Smith and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez singing Texas’ praises. Perry says into the camera: “Texas is calling. Your opportunity awaits.”

Perry’s five-day visit to New York and Connecticut officially began Sunday.

It follows his recent job-poaching trips to California and Illinois, which also featured ads criticizing those states.

Perry’s latest tour already includes $1 million in television ads promoting Texas’ pro-business, low-regulation climate. The radio ads will air on nine stations.

The president of West Hartford-based Colt Manufacturing said Friday he will be pleased to host a visit by Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, a state he called a loyal supporter of the gun maker.

A number of gun makers in Connecticut have said they are looking into leaving after the state passed some of the toughest gun laws in the country, a response to last year’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown in which 20 children and six educators were gunned down.

Colt president Dennis Veilleux said he welcomes Perry’s visit Monday morning.

“While we have been proud to call Connecticut home for 175 years, as we look to future growth we have a responsibility to consider all options that ensure we remain competitive and meet the needs and expectations of our customers,” Veilleux said.

In March, Veilleux closed down his Connecticut factory for a day and bused 400 of his workers to the state Capitol in Hartford so they could personally urge lawmakers not to pass gun control legislation that they say could risk their livelihoods.

2 responses

  1. If I owned a business in New York State, I would definitely be looking at moving to a more freedom-loving state. But, is Texas the ideal location?

    Any chief executive must look not only at the current business atmosphere in a prospective state, but he must also consider the long-term demographics of a particular state.

    Notwithstanding the age old myth that Texas is the ultimate bastion of freedom in the U.S., the Texas Legislature just recently failed to pass legislation to allow open carry of handguns. This leaves Texas as one of only 6 states that do not allow open carry.

    Try open-carrying a rifle or shotgun…even slung over one’s shoulder…supposedly “legal” to do in Texas…and find out how quickly you get surrounded by scores of uniformed donut-munchers pointing their assorted weaponry at you as if you were a common criminal. Yeah…you’re free in Texas.

    Our toothless legislature also failed to pass any bill regarding nullification of the Orwellian federal NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) which allows the arrest and indefinite detention of Texans by Federal jackboots while denying any due process rights to said kidnapped Texan. Did Prick Perry call the legislature back into special session to address this travesty of our rights? No.

    The two issues above are actually minor in comparison to the 800-lb gorilla in the State of Texas…illegal immigration. Governor Prick Perry and the Texas Legislature not only do absolutely nothing to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the state, their policies actually encourage it as they all pander to the Reconquista crowd that will dominate Texas politics in the not-too-distant future.

    Keeping in mind that Hispanics…especially hordes of soon-to-be-pardoned illegals…vote predominantly for Democratic candidates…who will increasingly vote the national Democratic Party line, expect more and more welfare subsidies in the future…read as “higher taxes”…as well as increasingly-strict gun control laws in the decades to come.

    So, despite Perry’s “job-poaching” visit to the Northeast, it would be incumbent on any business, including gun manufacturers, to “step back from the trees and look at the forest”…the bigger picture…before making a hasty and rash business decision that their stockholders may seriously regret in the coming years.

    If I were said business executive in an East coast “police state”, I’d be looking to freedom-loving states that back up their pro-liberty rhetoric with statutory laws with teeth…like Montana, Idaho, or even Utah whose state sheriffs organization issued a unified statement of defiance to the D.C. (District of Criminals) and any future envisioned anti-2nd-Amendment legislation.

    My advice to the East coast business executives…”Better look before you leap.”

    1. Senator_Blutarsky

      I concur wholeheartedly. Not only has Gov Hairdeaux and his minions in Austin failed to address core issues of freedom and individual liberty, they have burdened several generations of Texans with onerous “public private partnerships” & “comprehensve development agreements”. These are but fancy names for “privatizing” many infrastructure projects, while keeping the taxpayers on the hooks for losses such private-foreign ownership may incur.

      Tom Deweese and Michelle malkin both call PPPs & CDAs “fascism”. Author Matt Bracken calls them ” fascism with a smiley face”.

      There is even a plan to steal the water rights – ask Phil King all about it. he proposed legislation to take TWO BILLION dollars from the reserve fund to put in the hands of a PRIVATELY-appointed board ( of Perry cronies of course).

      And goodies like this pour out of Austin- Texas Governor Rick Perry’s ‘new’ highway department is about globalization and selling-off Texas public infrastructure to private, foreign corporations. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that he’s keen on outsourcing Texas jobs, too, by having TxDOT send contracts to a foreign company rather than a Texas one.

      TxDOT outsources tech to Japanese company
      By Christopher Calnan
      June 3, 2013
      Austin Business Journal

      The Texas Department of Transportation is enlisting a Japanese company to manage portions of its technology department — work worth $190 million over five years.

      There used to be a general feeling of American “exceptionalism” and some supposed moral high ground. Along with it , some special grand rugged individualist image of Texans being the exceptional of the exceptional.

      What a hologram or mirage we are here

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