Gov. Rick Perry and former New York Mayor and GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani are traveling the state this week, touting anti-gang legislation and state border security efforts.

The big-name tour starts in Austin and San Antonio, moves through Houston and will cap off Wednesday evening with a dinner fundraiser reception in Dallas for Perry, said campaign spokesman Mark Miner.

The governor supported Giuliani during his bid for the White House last year.

But could their continuing lovefest create some tension back at the office for Giuliani?

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Pat Oxford, chairman of Houston law firm Bracewell and Giuliani, is a major supporter of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. He in the past has been her finance chairman, and this year has given the senator about $5,000 for her bid to unseat Perry in 2010.

Oxford said this afternoon, though, that Giuliani is just returning the favor. Giuliani, he said, is a loyal guy.

"I understand fully why he is helping Rick, just like Governor Perry helped him," Oxford said.

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