An economic development venture by Texas Gov. Rick Perry has escalated into a political brouhaha, with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn lobbing personal insults at the Lone Star State and its leading politician.
Republican Perry and Democrat Quinn made separate appearances on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday to discuss Perry's contentious efforts to recruit businesses from Chicago.
Quinn defended Illinois workers as better educated than their southern counterparts and insisted they are paid more than those in the oil fields.
"Texas has one of the worst poverty rates in the county, and they also have a history of industrial accidents that's unacceptable," Quinn said.
Perry said his recruitment efforts weren't personal or political, just economics.
"It's not about him, and it's not about me. It's about the business climate in our respective states," Perry said.
"I will suggest the Chicago Bulls come to San Antonio and they're not about poaching wins, they're about competing. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose," Perry said.
Not to be outdone, Quinn responded that his Chicago Bulls and the city's business leaders could compete with anyone.
Then Quinn got personal.
"We both went to Iraq and Afghanistan four years ago. I was his roommate. And for seven days I heard him talk about his favorite subject -- Rick Perry," Quinn said.
Perry traveled to Chicago in April for a biotech conference and a meeting with companies about relocating to the tax-light state, Crain's Chicago Business reports
The trip rankled local politicians including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's former chief of staff.
"Imagine the jobs they'd bring in (to Texas) if they had a governor who could remember all three parts of his three-part plan," said the mayor's spokeswoman, referring to a Perry blunder in a debate during the Republican presidential primaries.
Perry’s dust-up with Quinn isn’t the first time he’s sparred with a fellow governor about his efforts to lure jobs to Texas. He sparred with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
When Perry quipped about the slogan “New New York” — saying “The new New York sounds a lot like the old New York” — Cuomo shot back, “You can stay in New York, pay no income tax, and you don't have to move to Texas."
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