Texas Gov. Rick Perry blasted a story in Sunday’s Washington Post
that suggested he and his family turned a blind eye to a racist sign painted on a stone on land that the family owned.
The Post story said that Perry once hosted lawmakers, friends and supporters at a property known by a racial slur painted in block letters on a flat rock at its gated entrance.
“Governor Perry’s last visit to the Crooked River Ranch was December 2006. He stopped leasing the property in 2007,” a Perry official told Politico.
Ray Sullivan, communications director of RickPerry.org, Inc. also released the following statement:
"A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.
"Governor Perry and his family never owned, controlled or managed the property referenced in the Washington Post story. The 42,000-acre ranch is owned by the Hendricks Home for Children, a West Texas charity.
"Perry’s father painted over offensive language on a rock soon after leasing the 1,000-acre parcel in the early 1980s. When Governor Perry was party to the hunting lease from 1997 to 2007, the property was described as northern pasture. He has not been to the property since 2006.
“In 1991 the Texas Legislature passed a bill to rename old, offensive place names."
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