MORE

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

For folks with a direct line to God, the prayer warriors behind Rick Perry's rapidly approaching Houston prayer rally are some shitty communicators. Calls and emails to the event's leadership team go unanswered, messages go unreturned. If you do get someone on the phone, they can't get you off fast enough.

Yesterday I caught Alice Patterson, an author and the organization's church mobilizer, but she quickly referred me to event spokesman Eric Bearse, a former Perry aid. "Oh! I have another call coming in," she said, and hung up.

The folks at the International House of Prayer, the 24-hour worship center and "university" that has several staffers involved, say the same thing. When I asked to speak with founder IHOP Mike Bickle, who's quite confident the Second Coming is sometime this fiscal quarter or next, I was told he doesn't even have a phone extension. Neither does his secretary. I guess Jesus just emails his return-trip itinerary?

The problem with telling me to call Bearse is that he won't call me back either. Never has. As far as I can tell he talks to pretty much everyone else in the media, but not the Observer. So the other day, I emailed him:

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

He emailed me back late yesterday. Maybe he likes me after all!

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

I can go? Really? He must not know I'm a Jew. Or maybe he knows I'm a convert and sensed a challenge?

Anyway, we were dialoguing. I felt a breakthrough coming.

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

This is what's called baiting. Very unprofessional. And ineffective! You do it when you've lost hope of a source calling you back or, more often, when you've been arguing with your wife about how to load the dishwasher. This time, it worked, presuming that the goal is ensuring never having access to the person in question.

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

Wait a second. Wait just a fucking second. No one at this paper -- and I mean no one -- has been more cynical about this event than me. I made sure he knew as much.

The Spokesman For Rick Perry's Prayer Rally Is Not Big On Speaking, At Least With Unfair Park

He hasn't emailed back yet, but he will, I'm sure. Any minute now ...


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >