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Rick Perry opposes Texas secession

In a statement from his office to the Dallas Morning News, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) made clear that he has no interest in a petition on the White House Web site asking permission for the state to secede.

"Gov. Perry believes in the greatness of our Union and nothing should be done to change it," press secretary Catherine Frazier wrote. "But he also shares the frustrations many Americans have with our federal government. Now more than ever our country needs strong leadership from states like Texas."

Over a dozen states are represented in petitions on the "We The People" Web site, an Obama administration initiative begun last year. The Texas petition has 66,079 signatures, more than any other and well over the 25,000 signature threshold needed to receive a response from the White House.

Hardin County Republican treasurer Peter Morrison also suggested an "amicable divorce" from the United States and from the "maggots" who reelected President Obama.

In 2009, Perry suggested that when Texas "came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that." (Actually, Texas cannot secede.) But he has since made clear that he had no interest in secession.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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