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Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is facing scrutiny over his family hunting camp bearing a racist name, is now under fire for opposing efforts to remove the Confederate Flag from display at the statehouse.The Associated Press reported today that Perry has consistently fought against efforts by the NAACP and other organisations to take down plaques and other monuments commemorating the confederacy throughout his career in Texas politics.
“Although this is an emotional issue, I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property,” Perry wrote to the Sons of Confederate Veterans in a March 2000 letter obtained by the AP.
Perry has drawn consistent praise from the organisation — and hosted a benefit for them in 2005.
The presidential candidate has stayed mum on one significant question — whether the flag could be displayed on state licence plates. The state Department of Motor Vehicles board tied on the issue, though a new member Perry appointed will cast the deciding vote in November.
Struggling in the polls, Perry can little afford further scandals or distractions from his message — though questions about his record on race issues do not appear to be going away any time soon.
Photo: AP Photo/Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
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