Dewhurst, Perry Disagree on Tuition
Gov. Rick Perry has been criticized by some Republican faithful for his support of a bill granting in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants. Yesterday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a GOP hopeful for the U.S. Senate, told a Dallas talk show that he wouldn’t have signed that bill.
Reporter Jason Embry of the Austin American-Statesman doesn’t see it as a split between the two highest-ranking state officials. According to him, Perry and Dewhurst are used to not seeing eye to eye.
“Now usually, those disagreements don’t become public, or at the end of the day, when you look at the record on paper, Dewhurst and Perry are standing right there together. But the fact is that different Republicans in Texas feel different about this issue, and it hasn’t been something that’s been talked about a whole lot until it was in the presidential race,” Embry told KUT News.
Dewhurst, in his position as president of the Texas Senate, had two bills come up that would have repealed the law Perry signed in 2001. One died in committee during this year’s legislative session.