Perry Candidacy Could Fuel Lawyer Support for Obama

Monday, 22 Aug 2011 03:53 PM

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has implemented several laws on tort reform during his 10 years as governor of Texas. And that has trial lawyers quaking in their boots — presumably non-Texas boots — about the potential for a Perry presidency, Politico reports.

Rick Perry, Barack ObamaIronically enough, President Barack Obama could receive financial support from the scared barristers, even though he himself has intimated support for tort reform as part of his effort to appeal to centrist voters.

“A general election pitting Barack Obama and Perry could turn otherwise apathetic trial lawyers into a phalanx of pro-Obama bundlers and super PAC donors,” according to Politico.

“If this guy [Perry] emerges, if he’s a serious candidate, if he doesn’t blow up in the next couple weeks, it’s going to motivate many in the plaintiffs’ bar to dig deeper to support President Obama,” Sean Coffey, a former securities litigator who ran for the Democratic nomination for attorney general of New York last year, told Politico. “That will end up driving a lot of money to the Democratic side.”

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