In an article out today in the New York Times, as well as the Clarion Ledger, it has been announced that Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, has hired yet another Barbour for his presidential campaign. Austin Barbour, the brother of Henry Barbour, has been tapped by Perry to run his Super PAC. Unfortunately, this is not Perry’s first Barbour hire. As was reported back in September, Perry hired Henry Barbour to advise him on his campaign for the White House. And judging from the Barbour Brothers’ conduct in the Cochran/McDaniel race, specifically the despicable actions they took last June, one must wonder if this will be the strategy used by Perry to win the Republican nomination, assuming he can, at the very least, remember what departments he wants to cut this time around. For Mississippi’s True Conservatives, the supporters of Chris McDaniel, this should be the death knell of any support for Perry.
From the New York Times story:
Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is continuing to put the pieces in place for a 2016 campaign.
Mr. Perry is moving to establish a “super PAC” to back his effort, and has turned to Austin Barbour, a Mississippi-based lobbyist and political operative to head it, according to three people with knowledge of the moves.
Mr. Barbour’s brother, Henry, is a Republican national committee member who has supported Mr. Perry for years. The brothers’ uncle is Haley Barbour, the former Mississippi governor and a senior figure in Republican circles.
Austin Barbour most recently worked with his brother to help re-elect Senator Thad Cochran, the Mississippi Republican, in 2014, in one of the most competitive Republican primary fights of the midterm cycle.
Both Mr. Barbour and a spokesman for Mr. Perry declined to comment.
The aim of the super PAC is to raise large sums of money from donors, largely to finance television ads. Part of Mr. Barbour’s job will be to attract donors and assure them their money is being spent well.