Top Texas Republican: Rick Perry ‘Damages the Republican Party’

In the wake of the fallout from Rick Perry’s remarks regarding Texas Senator Wendy Davis, the governor tried to walk back his comments this week and claim that it wasn’t his intention to attack her past as a teenage mother.

After Davis embarked on a day-long filibuster to derail one of the harshest abortion measures yet in this country, Perry remarked during a speech at the National Right to Life Conference that it was “unfortunate” that Davis didn’t learn from her own experience as a teen mom, suggesting that it should have infused her with a pro-life ideology.

Justifying his comments, Perry claimed that he was actually praising Davis for her accomplishments, but one of the top Republicans in the Lone Star State doesn’t agree with that explanation.

GOP state House Speaker Joe Strauss was not so quick to defend his fellow Republican, saying that Perry’s remarks undermined his party’s efforts to pass what would be one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country.

“Disagreements over policy are important and they’re healthy,” Strauss told the Texas Tribune. “But when he crosses the line into the personal, then he damages himself and he damages the Republican party.”

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  1. Bob Cull

    June 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Amazing! I didn’t think that there was a Teapub out there who was able to see that they are their own worst enemy. Whenever one of them opens his mouth, he damages the whole GOP somehow and Perry, far from being the exception, is up near the front of the pack when it comes to really stupid pronouncements.

  2. ncmathsadist

    June 29, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    The GOP is pinning its future on louts like this one. It is becoming an ineffective oppositional rabble of lumpen ignorami. Democrats, do not snicker. This is a terrible development for the country.

  3. Juliet

    June 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    How about making it possible for women to afford and GET birth control. That would reduce abortions.

    But I suppose giving women control of their lives violates God’s law or some such thing.

  4. purplewolf

    June 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    well women who have children are in their teens many times, pregnancy is not an over 20 thing and it never was. In my mother’s era, most women married out of high school 17-18 y.o. and had their first baby usually in a year or less, so they were still a teenager and some states let girls marry at 13 when I got out of high school. Wake up Perry.

  5. Cindy

    July 6, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Perry isn’t the brightest rock on this planet. It’s time other Republicans realized that.

  6. Cindy

    July 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Right on! Giving women control of their lives would take the control away from men!

  7. Rob

    July 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Joe Strauss is a scumbag. Nothing that spews out of his sewer hole has any credibility or validity. Nothing to see here, people. Move along.

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    September 24, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Rob, Joe Strauss is worth 100 of Prick Perry.

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