On the day the State Preservation Board approved two new renovation plans for the Governor’s Mansion (the board also approved security upgrades at the Capitol, including X-ray machines and metal detectors, despite Perry's objections), Democrat Bill White's campaign pulled out this 2007 Huckabee appearance on Jay Leno. It’s a clip of a circa-2000 Huckabee displaying his temporary digs while the Arkansas governor’s mansion was under construction — a donated triple-wide trailer. The Huckabees said they lived there during the 18-month renovation period to save public money. Watch the full version here.
Perry, as the White campaign would have you know, has been living in a $9,000-a-month mansion for the past two years — “with a heated pool, full outdoor kitchen, cabana, and pool house,” according to spokeswoman Katy Bacon — while he waits for repairs and renovations to be completed at the Texas Governor’s mansion. Bacon called on Perry to “set a budget-cutting example for other state employees and move out."
"We have to remember that even if we get a new plan, it's still going to going to be under construction for quite a while, while taxpayers are getting charged $9,000 a month," she said.
After someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the door in 2008, the mansion was nearly destroyed by a fire, which burned for several hours and took 100 firefighters to put out. At that point, the governor and his wife had already taken a new residence in anticipation of the renovations.