Gov. Rick Perry will be in Tyler this Saturday to appear on stage with conservative commentator Glenn Beck, Perry's office confirmed.
Beck is holding a town hall-style event in Tyler's Oil Palace this Saturday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $85.
The event will be preceded by a "call to action meeting" by the Tyler group, Grassroots America - We The People. Attendees at the meeting will learn
how to become citizen plaintiffs against the federal health reform
plan, according to the group's website.
Beck played a special role in this year's Republican gubernatorial primary. He first criticized Perry for not governing as a conservative.
Then he had candidate Debra Medina on his radio show and asked her if she was a "9/11 truther." When he didn't like Medina's answer, Beck said, "Rick, I think you and I could french kiss right now." Medina's campaign never recovered.
This is just the latest in a string of Perry appearances this year alongside high-profile conservatives. In February, he held a campaign
rally in Houston with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Earlier this
month, he was a speaker
at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference which also featured
Palin, activist Andrew Breitbart and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
UPDATE: Katy Bacon, campaign spokesman for Bill White, had this to say about Perry's upcoming Beck appearance: "Every single day we see
that Rick Perry is auditioning on the national stage, trying to advance
his political career...while Bill White is focused on Texas and Texas'