Ricky Perry, a top Republican candidate who has generated excitement with the Republican base and is characterized by many of that base as a good Christian man, met with leading Christian conservatives Friday at the home of one of his long time religious-right supporters in a small town outside of San Antonio.
Perry is seen by some as the Teastablishment candidate, a candidate acceptable to both the Tea Party and the Republican establishment. But one wonders if he will be viewed as too much of a religious fundamentalist and thus scare independents and swing voters. From the Houston Chronicle:
FREDERICKSBURG — Texas Gov. Rick Perry met with leaders of the Christian conservative movement at the home of a longtime political supporter whose business dealings with Perry have drawn previous scrutiny. San Antonio physician, businessman and conservative activist Jim Leininger hosted a meeting for the GOP presidential candidate at his Fredericksburg-area ranch on Friday.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner says it was not a fundraiser but a chance for Perry to meet leading Christian conservatives. Reporters were not allowed on the ranch to cover the event.
Leininger was one of Perry's earliest supporters, helping his 1990 campaign purchase a share in an airplane, then buying it back at a higher price. Perry also profited from some well-timed stock purchases in Leininger-founded Kinetic Concepts. A Texas congressman requested a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the 1996 transaction that turned up no evidence of insider trading or other wrongdoing. Leininger is best known for bankrolling efforts to pass school vouchers at the Texas Legislature, which were defeated most recently in 2005. Following the loss, he retreated from the political spotlight. - The Associated Press contributed to this report