Yesterday, Perry's campaign sent out a release promising a "important campaign announcement" today at 2 p.m. Now we know, according to a Perry spokesperson, that the governor will reveal the endorsements of a mostly Democratic group of thirty current and former elected officials from the traditionally blue Rio Grande Valley in Mission, where he’s traveling for a prayer luncheon honoring yesterday's National Day of Prayer.
Here are some quotes from this afternoon's event:
Pharr Mayor Polo Palacios: “I am a Democrat and I am supporting Gov. Perry because he's been a good governor for Pharr, the housing community and economic development. My family came from Mexico and growing up I was always taught to respect those that help you and treat you well. Gov. Perry’s efforts have helped our community. We have worked together and, time after time, Gov. Perry has not let us down.”
La Feria Mayor Steve Brewer: “Gov. Perry has worked so hard for South Texas and I am so proud of him. His team did an unbelievable job during Hurricane Dolly – we were underwater and Gov. Perry wasted no time in dispatching the state guard.”
Elsa Mayor Senovio Castillo: “Gov. Perry really cares about South Texas. The City of Elsa has been helped tremendously by Gov. Perry. He was there when we needed him. We were well prepared before Hurricane Dolly hit because of his efforts.”
The full list of names:
Norberto Salinas, Mayor, City of Mission
Polo Palacios, Mayor, City of Pharr
Ramiro Rodriguez, Mayor, City of Palmhurst
Robert Pinkerton, Mayor, City of South Padre Island
Susie Houston, Mayor, Town of Laguna Vista
Henry De La Paz, Jr., Mayor, City of Lyford
Senovio Castillo, Mayor, City of Elsa
Steve Brewer, Mayor, City of La Feria
Leo Olivarez, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Mission
Adan Farias, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Pharr
Leonardo Garcia, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Mercedes
Eduardo Gonzalez, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Edcouch
Oscar Elizondo, Jr., Commissioner, City of Pharr
Arturo Cortez, Commissioner, City of Pharr
Bobby Carrillo, Commissioner, City of Pharr
Ruben Plata, Commissioner, City of Mission
Maria Elena Ramirez, Commissioner, City of Mission
Norie Garza, Commissioner, City of Mission
Cain Caceres, Commissioner, City of Elsa
Oscar Garcia, City Commissioner, City of Elsa
Oscar Martinez, School Board Member, Mission I.S.D.
Raymond R. Longoria, School Board Member, Mission I.S.D.
James E. Olivarez, School Board Member, Mission I.S.D.
Antonio Barco, School Board Member, Edcouch-Elsa I.S.D.
Rick Morales, Former Mayor, City of Donna
Rick Rodriguez, Former Mayor, City of Harlingen
Kevin Hiles, Former Mayor, City of Rio Grande City
Horacio Pena, Former District Judge, 92nd District
Tom Wingate, Former District Judge, 430th District
Leo Longoria, Chief of Police, City of Mission