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By any reasonable standard, both Texas Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (his primary challenger) are career politicians. Hutchison has held elected office continuously since 1990 and served as a state legislator before that. Perry was first elected to the legislature in 1984 at age 34 and has held elected office ever since.
So, at least Perry and Hutchison are telling the truth as they accuse one another of being in politics for a long time. From the Dallas Morning News:
At a campaign stop in Tyler, Hutchison told a group of Republicans that she believes Perry loves Texas, but he needs to find something else to do.
"He's trying to stay too long," she said.
But earlier Tuesday, Perry issued a sharp retort to Hutchison's criticism that he shouldn't seek another term.
"The senator has been in Washington for 16 years. She may not have a grasp of all that is going on in Texas. She may not know or understand the progress we have made in this state," Perry said, signaling that he plans to use the career politician argument against Hutchison in their contest for governor.
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