Perry Helps Advisers Take a Big Next Step

“Career coach” is not listed on Gov. Rick Perry’s resume — but it might as well be.

In the 12 years he has held Texas’ highest elected office, he has helped align the professional stars for many of his key advisers — or else simply charted their courses for them.

Few fare as well as his chiefs of staff. When Perry named Jeffrey S. Boyd, his top adviser and former general counsel, to the Texas Supreme Court late last month, it was the latest in a string of high-profile appointments. Boyd’s predecessors have landed anywhere from influential state government posts to ...

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