Texas Lobbyist Mike Toomey is Force Behind Rick Perry

Behind every politician there are men and women working in the wings, operatives who can make calls, fix problems, raise money, punish enemies.

In Rick Perry’s world, one man stands above them all: Mike Toomey.

Intense and reclusive, Toomey is not well known outside of a few square blocks around the Texas Capitol. But within them, he is respected and feared for his keen intellect, tough political tactics and his longstanding partnership with the longest continuously serving governor in the United States.

Should Perry, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, reach the White House, it will be in ...

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