California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown is not impressed with Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry.
The business war between Texas and California continues. Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry released a $24,000 radio ad campaign in California (because everyone listens to radio these days) one day ago, slamming California’s business climate.
In his 30-second ad, Gov. Perry knocks Brown for the recent tax hike that balanced the California budget, saying, “Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible. I have a message for California businesses. Come check out Texas.”
Reporters wanted reaction from Brown today. According to the Sacramento Bee, the Governor quipped, “It’s not a serious story, guys. It’s not a burp. It’s barely a fart.”
Watch a segment of the press conference here:
Pardon me if I revel in Governor Perry’s ad campaign being reduced to “barely a fart”, but this is the guy whose campaign staff called me “scandalous trash” after I reported on stock holdings of his in a company that was at the time the largest distributor of pornography (you might think that made him scandalous trash, but thats not how Republicans roll – the woman is always to blame for the actions of the man). At any rate, I believe scandalous trash ranks above farts, albeit by a slim margin.
Brown asked who would want to move from California to Lubbock, Texas. He said, “They aren’t going to go to Lubbock or someplace like that.” True enough. California is full of gorgeous cities and towns and the weather is almost perfection. However, Texas does have Austin. They had the incomparable Betty Buckley as well, but she is now in London for “Dear World.”
Brown sank one in deep from the state of entertainment (aka, one of our largest exports), “If they want to get in the game, let them spend $25 million on radio and television. Then I’ll take them seriously.”
Indeed. That’s how they roll in California — don’t bother them with your measly, not even a fart, 24,000 dollar radio buys. They are very busy and important, with their balanced budget and their scandalous trash. Mean old liberal elites.
Your move, Perry.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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