NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)-- In what some are saying is the beginning of a campaign for President. Texas Governor Rick Perry is coming to Connecticut next week. Starting Sunday, he visits New York and Connecticut for a pitch to businesses to move to the 'Lone Star State.'
Texas is calling, your opportunity awaits," is what a TV ad for Governor Rick Perry states.
In a TV ad blitz on popular cable channels like ESPN, Texas Governor Rick Perry is touting his state in advance of his visit to Connecticut next week.
"Why have more jobs and businesses moved to Texas than any other state?
"Texas rewards success with no state income tax."
Governor Malloy said today that he has already beat Texas in some competitions for business.
"Where we have gone head to head recently with Texas, specifically with respect to CIGNA and with respect to ESPN, we have actually won," said said Governor Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.
The most obvious targets for Perry's business poaching visit here are the state's gun makers, who are known to be unhappy about the state's new gun laws and who have already been actively pursued by Perry.
"We work like the dickens to get every job we can but we're not going to sacrifice safety," said Malloy.
When asked if he doesn't care if they leave then, Malloy said, "no, it's not what I said; what I will say to you is we reached out, we'd like them to stay in our state as long as they're producing a product that can be legally sold to consumers in the United States."
Perry recently ran TV ads in California and Illinois prior to a trip to those states to troll for businesses that might like to move to the 'Lone Star State.'
But more than one political analyst has noted that most Governors do these kinds of trips quietly, leading some to believe this is all about the getting the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.
"He can do and say whatever he wants, I ultimately think it's about his running for President," said Malloy.
Among Governor Perry's scheduled events here in Connecticut, a talk on Monday evening in Stamford entitled; "Civility on the Campaign Trail.'
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