AUSTIN (AP) - Governor Rick Perry has been meeting with
lawmakers to renew friendships and bolster support before the 2009
The Associated Press reports the sessions range from chitchat
over a burger in San Antonio to a quick get-together in East Texas.
The Republican governor calls the meeting "a good use of my
AP reports Perry has ground to make up and sore feelings to
soothe from the 2007 session, when his agenda was overshadowed by
the scandal over abuse of juvenile jail inmates.
Perry angered his longtime conservative base by trying to order
schoolgirls to get an HPV vaccine.
Perry recently announced he'll seek a third full term in 2010.
AP reports that could mean a GOP primary against Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst or U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison -- or
even state Senator Dan Patrick of Houston.
Austin-based political consultant Ray Sullivan, who once worked
for Perry, called the governor's outreach a wise move.
Former state Senator Ken Armbrister of Victoria -- Perry's
legislative director -- usually accompanies him on the visits.
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