Gov. Perry to appear at grand opening of King Street Patriots’ HQ
Gov. Rick Perry is the featured guest for the grand opening of King Street Patriots’ new headquarters in northwest Houston, according to the tea party group’s website.
KSP has attracted praise and criticism for its True the Vote project, which aims to recruit 1 million poll watchers to monitor the 2012 elections. After sparking controversy during the 2010 elections in Harris County, the group has strongly supported various voting-related measures before the Texas Legislature.
Currently KSP/TTV and president Catherine Engelbrecht are involved in various legal battles with the Texas Democratic Party, voter registration group Houston Votes and campaign finance watchdog Texans for Public Justice.
With a suggested donation of $50 per person, the KSP/TTV event also advertises appearances by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble), self-styled “ACORN whistleblower” Anita MonCrief, conservative activist Hannah Giles (a self-described “journalist” who posed as a prostitute in undercover videos to show wrongdoing by ACORN) and Stephen Steinlight of the Center for Immigration Studies.
Meanwhile, Perry — who declined to meet Pres. Barack Obama when he landed at the El Paso airport today — is set to participate in a telephone “town hall” meeting tonight organized by conservative group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility/Empower Texans. Perry participated in a similar Empower Texans phone call in mid-March.?