Future Secretary of Energy Claytie Williams
Future Secretary of Energy Claytie Williams

Clayton Williams Is Advising Rick Perry's Presidential Campaign, Which Just Feels Right

Rick Perry's presidential campaign is going to be like the weather, apparently. We know it's coming, so we might as well relax and enjoy it.

Perry's PAC, RickPac, announced a list of major donors Thursday, calling the group its "advisory board."

"I am grateful and humbled to have the support of so many champions of conservative principles," Perry said in a press release. "I look forward to working with the men and women on RickPAC's Advisory Board to continue promoting policies that create opportunity for American families by allowing job creators to risk their capital and get a return on their investment, including low taxes and a smart and predictable regulatory environment."

One of those champions, notably, is feminist hero Clayton "Claytie" Williams, the man who single-handedly made sure Ann Richards was elected governor in 1990. Like Perry, Williams is a Texas A&M grad. Like Perry, Williams was an animal husbandry major. Like Perry, Williams won the Texas Republican gubernatorial nomination. And, like Perry, Williams has a penchant for saying dumb things.

While running against Richards, Williams, who led polls by as many as 20 points early in the race, actually managed to have a worse campaign than Perry did in his ill-fated first presidential run, cracking a joke that compared rape to the weather.

Williams has experience working for losing presidential bids, at least. In 2008, he bundled donations for John McCain, before the candidate was forced to distance himself and cancel a fundraiser scheduled for Williams' house when the media questioned McCain about Williams' involvement.

Unfair Park will do no such thing to Perry. No, UP thinks bringing in the geriatric oilman is the perfect crystallization of all that Perry stands for.

Welcome back to public life, Claytie!

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