Astorino Campaigns With Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBT, Pro-Guns-In-Schools Ultraconservative Texas Republican Rick Perry
NEW YORK – In his latest bizarre campaign move, Republican Rob Astorino is campaigning today with ultraconservative Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is currently under indictment. On issue after issue, Perry and Astorino are ideological soul mates, sharing the same anti-choice, anti-LGBT equality, pro-guns-in-schools ultraconservative Texas values.
“When you look at their positions on cutting Medicaid, cutting education, opposing a woman’s right to choose, blocking marriage equality and repealing gun safety laws, there’s no daylight between ultraconservative Texas Governor Rick Perry and his ideological soul mate Rob Astorino. Just when Astorino might be hoping New York voters have an ‘oops moment’ and ignore his ultraconservative views, in comes Rick Perry to remind everyone,” said former Governor and NYSDC Chair David A. Paterson.
ANTI-CHOICE: “To be clear, my goal is to make abortion, at any stage, a thing of the past.”
– Rick Perry quote from a 2012 press conference in which he called on the state legislature to put further restrictions on a woman’s right to choose. Perry has already signed several bills into law that make it more difficult for women to access abortion services, including a mandatory ultrasound law and a bill that excludes Planned Parenthood from the state’s subsidized women’s health program. One year after this quote, Perry signed a law that banned abortions 20 weeks after fertility (4 weeks earlier than the Roe v. Wade standards) and would close all but 5 clinics in Texas.
GUN SAFETY: “When a criminal breaks into your home, I’ll let the liberals call their lawyer. I will call upon Smith & Wesson. Armed, law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than a thousand laws passed by Congress.”
– Rick Perry addressing the 2012 NRA Convention. Just six months following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, Perry angered residents of Connecticut and New York by visiting gun manufacturers in those states in a bid to lure their manufacturing operations to Texas. Perry sought to capitalize off of the gun control laws passed in the two states following the tragic shooting, attempting to steal jobs from the state whose Republican candidate for governor he now supports.
ANTI-LGBT: “I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that – and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”
– Rick Perry quote from 2014 in which he compares homosexuality to alcoholism. Perry’s comments also came just days after Texas Republicans approved language in their party platform that includes support for voluntary psychological “therapy” targeted at converting homosexuals to heterosexuals. Perry was a vocal leader in the fight to ban marriage equality in Texas, a ban that was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2014.