Perry’s Favorability Up 6 Among Iowa Republicans Following Indictment
Rick Perry should get indicted more often.
According to Public Policy Polling, which shared its results with the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Governor’s favorability ticked up six points among the disproportionately influential Iowa GOP following an indictment by a special prosecutor for abuse of power two weeks ago.
Perry was already viewed favorably by the early-voting contingent, 53-16, but those numbers improved to 59-15, a seven-point swing. He now ties for fourth with his statemate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president, but as a sign of how far he’s come Public Policy Polling didn’t even include Perry in its May poll.
Since then Perry has gained a national platform thanks to the border crisis, which many felt revived his political career after his disastrous 2012 primary run. The indictment, over Perry’s alleged threat to veto funding for a special ethics unit unless a prosecutor arrested for drunk driving resigned, was panned by pundits in both parties, and Perry’s been fundraising off of it.
Critics say Perry used the veto threat to try to overtake the prosecutorial unit that has been a thorn in Texan Republican’s sides for the last decade.
[h/t Houston Chronicle]
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