Pat O’Connor at the Wall Street Journal today traces the origins of the long-standing feud between Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:
In 2006, during a meeting in Austin, Mr. Perry, the Texas governor, questioned a decision Mr. Romney, then the governor of Massachusetts, had made as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Mr. Romney had hired the media adviser Alex Castellanos for the group, though Mr. Castellanos was working for one of the candidates trying at the time to unseat Mr. Perry.
In the meeting, Mr. Romney defended his decision, according to multiple people familiar with the exchange, and the shouting match that ensued has quickly become campaign lore.
The piece raises a future debate topic that would be unusual even in a hard-bit Republican field. Perry thinks Romney has a “Boy Scout” problem – because the neckerchief crowd wasn’t allowed to volunteer in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, which were headed up by Romney.
Perry suggests opposition from gay groups was the cause. A Romney spokesman says there was a minimum age requirement of 18.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider