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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