LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Governor Rick Perry let a whole lot of us West Texas folks down last week.
In case you missed it, news broke that Perry pressured TTU Regent Mark Griffin to resign. Griffin told NewsChannel 11 it was a direct result of his support for Perry's political opponent. "The indication was given to me that the governor desired loyal people on his team, and if I couldn't be loyal to him then maybe I should consider stepping down," Griffin said last week.
Let me start by saying this commentary is not a political endorsement for Kay Bailey Hutchison. Having said that, consider this; in a state that prides itself on being free from Washington politics, this juvenile act by the governor reeks of the good ole boy system. Last I checked, the governor appoints regents to oversee policy for the university and not to help him get re-elected.
Perry says his priorities are education, economy, and strong families. Well, this act has nothing to do with those priorities and certainly isn't in the job description for Texas governor. And finally, it doesn't reflect the values of the Texas I know.
Losing a leader like Mark Griffin is a loss for Texas Tech. I hope our sitting governor will continue focusing on the needs of the state, not retaliating against individuals who don't support his re-election campaign.
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