Rick Perry Avoids Question on his own Corporate Connections
After a day full of private meetings, former Texas Governor Rick Perry held a townhall meeting in Sioux City on February 16.
I asked him about his membership on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, a Fortune 500 natural gas and propane company based in Texas, which has proposed building an oil pipeline through Iowa from the Brakken oil fields in North Dakota. How could we expect him to govern in the public interest, I asked, when he was working for the interest of a corporation like this one?
Governor Perry tried to sidestep, saying "The issue is do you believe that the public utility commission in Iowa will make the right decision about where the pipeline is going to go? Not whether or not there’s someone who sits on a board. I think that’s irrelevant frankly.”
We went back and forth for several rounds, me saying the issue is “governing under the influence,” him saying the issue is energy security.
The interchange was reported in the Sioux City Journal, which confirmed that James R. Perry joined the board of Energy Transfer Partners this month.