Texas Gov. Rick Perry headed to Maryland next week to talk up his state’s business climate


Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Flextronics plant that will be building the new Motorola smartphone "Moto X" in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Reuters/Mike Stone)
September 12, 2013

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) plans to come to Maryland next week as part of his campaign to lure the Free State’s businesses to his state, Perry’s office announced Thursday.

Word of Perry’s appearance, scheduled for Wednesday, came as television and radio ads began airing in Maryland that knock Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) for raising taxes and suggest “maybe it’s time to move your business to Texas and create more jobs.”

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, before the ads started airing, O’Malley dismissed them as a stunt that Perry has already tried in a half-dozen other states.

“I know he does that tired old P.R. gimmick all around the country,” O’Malley said following an event in Baltimore.

Perry’s office said the nearly $500,000 ad campaign and the governor’s trip are being paid for by TexasOne, a public-private partnership that markets Texas as a prime business destination. No taxpayer dollars are being used, Perry’s office said.

No other details were immediately released about Perry’s travel plans to Maryland.

John Wagner has covered Maryland government and politics for The Post since 2004.
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