Facebook fans criticize Governor Perry
Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:30:00 GMT —
Facebook has been known to spark an online debate here and there and when we posted a picture of Governor Rick Perry (R) in Amarillo this past Tuesday, another was born.
After a few days, the picture had 57 comments -- most of them negative, a few even saying they just didn't care. Professor of Political Science at West Texas A&M University, Dr. Dave Rausch says there could be a few reasons for so much online animosity.
"People get a little less than pleased or less than pleasant about politicians who are really running for something but aren't running for something. Why else would be he in Amarillo? He's running for something, whether or not it's running for another term as governor or running for president", said Rausch.
Rausch added it could be an issue surrounding money or even simply avoiding Facebook drama.
"It would be nice to know if the state had a budget shortfall, shouldn't we be trying to conserve money but not traveling around to different parts of the state just to sign bills that don't need to be signed again? Or even worse, it someone posts a positive comment, 3000 people jump on them. I've seen that happen a lot", added Rausch.
Curiosity got the best of us, so we took to the streets to see if this negative perception of Governor Perry was a common one.
"I don't know why people were disgusted unless they thought it was a wasted trip. If he ran for president and he were the most qualified person, I would vote for him", said local citizen, Brenda Flow.
"As far as governor, I'm pretty neutral on it. Personally, I think it's time for a change", said another Amarillo local, Herman Moore.
"I think it's good that he came to Amarillo because we're, as far as out state in the United States, we're a very conservative community and I think our economy is doing well in Amarillo in relation to everywhere else in the states so it's good to have him come up here and see that", added another local citizen Alvin Lyn.
Between Facebook comments and our interviews Thursday, it appears until election times draws closer, opinions of Perry might be as up in the air as his decision to run for president.