The governor could have a tough week, after a Washington Post story stirred controversy over a racially charged name for his hunting grounds
The next week could be a political slog for Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as his campaign is forced to play defense in the aftermath of blunt criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain over a racially slurred sign on land leased by Perry's family.
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By noon on Sunday, the Perry campaign had tried to contain the potential fallout. "Rick Perry has a long and strong record of inclusiveness and appointing African Americans to key state posts," Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said in a statement.
It was the second e-mail blast from the Perry camp in a matter of hours, following the publication of a Washington Post story that said Perry's family did not remove a racially charged name from the West Texas ranch they used for hunting until long after Perry's political career became linked to the land.
The ranch, which was not owned by the Perry family, had a stone at its entrance prominently marked "Niggerhead," a name the Post said had been associated with the site long before the family first leased the 1,000-acre parcel in the early 1980s. Perry had invited fellow lawmakers and supporters to the secluded location early in his political career, the Post reported.