Thursday, February 02, 2006

The Texas Farm Bureau remains in Perry's corner: A case of political "Stockholm Syndrome?"

Hate the sin, love the sinner.

February 2, 2006
By Ben Wear
Austin American Statesman
Copyright 2006

The Texas Farm Bureau, which has opposed the Trans-Texas Corridor — and continues to through its political arm — has nonetheless endorsed that massive toll road plan’s creator: Gov. Rick Perry.

The board of the Agfund, the Farm Bureau’s political action committee, Tuesday voted to go with Perry in this year’s election over the various Democrats, independents and mystery writers vying for his job. Kenneth Dierschke, president of both the bureau and the Agfund boards, asked if the vote was unanimous, said only that “it was a majority.”

“We’re very opposed to the Trans-Texas Corridor and have been since our convention two years ago,” Dierschke said. “But we’re more than a one-issue organization, and we have several issues that the governor works with us on.”

Along with the endorsement, Dierschke said Perry’s campaign will get a five-figure contribution from the bureau’s PAC. He declined to be more specific on the amount.

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