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Okie dealmakers, including Dems, infiltrating Perry camp?

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OKLAHOMA CITY – With political watchers speculating about whether
or not Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry will enter the presidential race,
insiders here in Oklahoma have been noticing that some powerful and influential
people from our state have been spending some time with the Perry camp in
Austin, Texas and the question they are asking is why?

Our reliable sources tell us that the high rollers spending time with
the Perry camp happen to run in Democrat circles or are merely opportunist in
nature, going with the flow. And another, according to documents linked at, notes that one prominent Oklahoma businessman who is alleged to be in Austin as well has contributed to many more Democrat Party candidates than he has to Republican candidates - 61 to 39 percent in favor of Democrats.

The ultimate question is: Why would the Perry camp
welcome their presence? Is it a matter of money and influence? Perry was once a
Democrat himself, working for Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign. It would
appear now that Perry is opportunistically positioning himself to make an
announcement about his intention to run either during or after the August 6 “prayer
rally” in Houston called “The Response.” This event, at Reliant Stadium, is
being put on in order to gather Texans to “pray for a nation in crisis.” Read
that as you will.

As noted in the Austin, Texas “Your News Now” website,
Democrat pundits are already criticizing what they see as a cynical ploy to capture the 60 percent of evangelicals that are within the Republican Party. As Democrat strategist Jason Stanford said on the site: "I laughed, I think it it was the stupidest idea since he tried to pray for rain."

And non-Christian groups are complaining that the Christian-led "Response" is "exclusionary" because it does not include Texans of all faiths and belief systems. So believe this rally may, in fact, backfire for Perry, who is almost certainly going to announce his plans to run for president in the next 10 days.

Red Dirt Report attempted to contact one of the alleged Oklahoma businessmen who are in Austin. We have not yet heard back from their office.

For more information on "The Response" prayer rally and a video of Gov. Perry, click here.

We hope to nail down some names and more information in a follow-up story this weekend here at Red Dirt Report.

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