Texas governor Rick Perry, who suffered foot-in-mouth disease in his 2012 run for the Republican nomination, is assuring potential donors that this time he is doing his homework.
According to a December 3 article in the Texas Tribune, "If he opts to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry wants to ensure that his entry into the field bears little resemblance to 2011, when he jumped into the Republican presidential primaries with little preparation or forethought."
So, Perry is inviting well-heeled and influential people to dine at the governor's mansion this week. One will be U-T owner Douglas Manchester, says the Texas Tribune, identifying him as a "San Diego real estate developer." (True: His interest in the U-T was always more related to the real estate than editorial content.) Among others who will dine at the mansion are Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, Pittsburgh Steelers co-owner Larry Paul, and Fort Worth billionaires Lee and Ramona Bass.
Manchester, who is planning to build a luxury hotel in Austin, gave $1000 to Perry in 2011, according to the Reader's Matt Potter. Manchester also hired two Texas lobbyists employed by the law firm that is one of Perry's major money sources, Potter reported.