Polling Center: Ethics and Public Opinion of Rick Perry

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The downfall of many politicians, especially those with executive powers, is the mixture that results when power endures over a long period of time. Hiring a trusted friend early on in one’s career could be perceived as standard procedure, while later, the repeated habit of such hirings appears to be payback. Executive appointments required by constitutional mandate seem nothing more than the performance of one’s duties at first, but a decade hence, may have the cumulative effect of looking like cronyism by sheer force of repetition, whether or not there is evidence of some kind of transaction having taken place ...

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