Breaking with its recent tradition of supporting Republican candidates for governor, The Dallas Morning News has endorsed Democrat Bill White in his effort to deny Rick Perry a third full term in office. Citing Perry's "cowboy swagger," "impervious air," "strident tea party tone" and "strong-arm style," the Morning News forcefully rebuked the incumbent while praising the challenger as a "solutions-oriented leader" and a "fiscal conservative with a progressive bent."
"We don't make this recommendation lightly," the endorsement said. "This newspaper has a long history of recommending Rick Perry for office against Democrats from agriculture commissioner to the governor's office. But Texas requires a different kind of leadership at this important juncture."
Previously, the Austin American-Statesman, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Corpus Christi Caller Times and the Houston Chronicle have all endorsed White. Perry, who has declined to meet with editorial boards, has received no newspaper endorsements.