Rick Perry flies to Rudy Giuliani's aid
By JAY ROOT
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
AUSTIN -- Answering a call to help political ally Rudy Giuliani pump up his struggling presidential campaign, Gov. Rick Perry is jetting off to Florida, aides announced Saturday.
It's a change in plans for the governor. A few days ago, Perry press secretary Robert Black said Perry would not make a swing through the Sunshine State because of scheduling conflicts.
Perry "had tentatively planned to go to Florida this week for a couple of days, but we couldn't get the schedules to work out so he's not going," Black said Tuesday.
But on the eve of the crucial primary, Black said Saturday, Perry had "decided to go to Florida and travel with Giuliani."
Perry will make five stops in a daylong Florida swing with Giuliani on Monday, a day before the primary, Black said.
Perry ruffled the feathers of many Texas conservatives with his endorsement of the former New York mayor.
"On the life issue, the homosexual issue and on the gun issue, [Giuliani] is not a conservative," said Republican Cathie Adams, head of the Texas Eagle Forum, after Perry declared his support for Giuliani in October.
Perry acknowledges that he and Giuliani are on different sides on some social issues. But Perry has touted the New Yorker's fiscal conservatism and said he believes that Giuliani would appoint conservative judges.
Other top Texas Republicans, including Attorney General Greg Abbott and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, had supported former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who recently pulled the plug on his campaign.
Jay Root, 512-476-4294
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