Texplainer: Why Didn't Perry Attend National Governors Conference? by Gerald Rich on Texplainer Feb. 27, 2012 14Comments Enlarge Bob Daemmrich Gov. Rick Perry in his office at the Texas Capitol for a round of press interviews on Feb. 21, 2012. Why did Gov. Rick Perry opt out of the National Governors Association conference last weekend? The answer is part penny-wise, part political.