As the tour bus for Texas Gov. Rick Perry was pulling out of Columbia, Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett spoke to South Carolina press about what he calls a “failed record” for Perry as governor. Doggett was recruited by the South Carolina Democratic Party to rebut statements Perry has made in his first week of campaigning.
Doggett said while South Carolina is smarting from a hike in unemployment, Perry’s boasts about the Texas jobs rate is misleading.
“False prophet” said Doggett, when asked how he would describe the Perry jobs plan. “He has not the slightest idea of how to lower the South Carolina unemployment rate.” Doggett says he has not heard or seen a plan from the governor.
About Texas creating 40 percent of the nation’s new jobs, Doggett says that almost 40 percent of the jobs created were minimum wage. “Low-wage, not living wage,” says Doggett, “related to oil and natural gas.”
“And many have been related to government jobs, resulting in part to the economic recovery act,” Doggett says.
“Governor Perry, like Gov. Sanford, was very critical of the economic recovery act. Unlike Gov. Sanford, who had to be forced to take some of that money, Gov. Perry took it willingly with the exception of unemployment benefits.”
Perry was back in South Carolina Friday after announcing his run for president in Charleston last Saturday.