Council Speaker Slams Rick Perry’s ‘Traveling Circus’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Photo: Frederic Brown/Getty)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry. (Photo: Frederic Brown/Getty)

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito came out swinging this evening against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is planning a trip to New York City this week to try to lure businesses to the Lone Star State.

“Rick Perry’s traveling circus isn’t going to persuade New Yorkers who know a sideshow when they see one,” said Ms. Mark-Viverito in a blistering statement released after news of Mr. Perry’s trip spread online.

“The truth is Rick Perry has pushed a textbook right-wing agenda that is anti-middle-class, anti-women and  something New Yorkers will overwhelmingly and easily reject,” the progressive pol added.

Mr. Perry, a Republican looking at another run for president in 2016, is set to arrive in the city tomorrow for a three-day trip that aims to “take Texas’ message of low taxes, smart regulations and job creation to businesses in New York City,” according to a release from his office.

Mr. Perry will spend his time meeting with employers “to discuss the opportunities and freedom available to families and businesses thanks to Texas’ healthy economy,” according to the release. He’ll also participate in a reception hosted by a public-private partnership called TexasOne, which tries to market Texas as a prime business destination.

Texas has also run ads across New York trying to lure away local businesses–earning the ire of the Daily Show and comedian Lewis Black.

Update (9:07 p.m.): A spokeswoman for Mr. Perry responded to Ms. Mark-Viverito with a statement defending the governor’s economic record.

“Gov. Perry is proud of his record of job creation in Texas, where our climate of growth benefits everyone in the workforce by creating opportunity and allowing families and employers to keep more of their hard earned money,” said the spokeswoman, Lucy Nashed. “The governor is meeting with employers in New York to share the story of Texas’ low taxes, smart regulations, fair courts and skilled workforce, and why it is the best state in the nation to live, work, raise a family and own a business.”