Rick Perry was using painkillers to alleviate severe back pain during last fall’s Republican presidential debates, a fact that could help explain the Texas Governor’s campaign-killing gaffes and onstage meltdowns, according to a soon-to-be-released e-book from Politico’s Mike Allen and Evan Thomas.That Perry was using prescription drugs during the debates was something of an open secret on the campaign trail. The 62-year-old underwent serious experimental back surgery just weeks before launching his presidential campaign, and aides often admitted privately that Perry still suffered serious pain, especially after long periods of standing.
But the extent of Perry’s painkiller loopiness detailed by Allen and Thomas is hysterical.
The Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas, who obtained an early copy of the e-book, pulls out this anecdote, in which a rival campaign manager overheard Perry belting out “I’ve Been Working On The Railroad” in the bathroom before the October debate at Dartmouth College.
Here’s the excerpt, via Pappas:
“Wondering who was making all the noise, the campaign manager turned his head and saw, to his surprise, the governor of Texas,” the book states. “Perry came down the row of about 20 urinals and stood companionably close by.
Allen and Thomas continue: “Nonplussed, the campaign manager made a hasty exit; as the bathroom door closed, he could hear Perry still merrily singing away: “I-I-I’ve been working on the ra-a-i-i-l-road, all-l-l the live-long day . . .”
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