Despite its strict gun laws, high taxes, and legalized same-sex marriage, Texas Gov. Rick Perry claims he might move to California. In this week's New York Times Magazine's profile, author Mark Leibovitch writes that "Perry told me that he loves California ... and might even move here in January when he’s done with his 14-year stint running Texas." Depending on where he lands in the Golden State, he might actually like it.
With its enthusiastic gun culture, "ex-gay therapy," and its tendency to steal jobs from blue states, Texas would seem like the complete antithesis of California culture. After 14 years as governor, Perry would seem to embody those differences more than anyone. Yet, California does has a lot of wealthy, mostly white neighborhoods; a healthy number of Republicans, and enough Austin-like weirdness to help him feel right at home. And, based off a few excerpts from The Times' profile, it seems like Perry could get on just fine in Orange County, as long as he leaves some his Texas habits at home.
Here's what he's got down, and what needs work: