Sharp words already flying--earlier than you'd think for a 2010 race.
Regarding the "ambush" in the Senate Finance Committee of UTIMCO's Rowling, orchestrated by Perry and Dewhurst, the Houston Chronicle reports the back-and-forth between Perry and Hutchison. Hutchison accused Perry "of playing politics to embarrass one of her supporters," and Perry responded that she should be in Washington instead of Austin.
KBH: “I think the letter that was written the night before the hearing was not well thought out and it might have spurred some insensitive remarks that were made. It was kind of a set-up. And I think it was wrong."
Perry: "I think it's pretty hard to explain to Texans that you want to come to Texas and do another job when you can't even do the one that we've hired you to do."
I think that for this campaign, we can definitely say that chivalry is already dead.
No final votes were taken on the stimulus package while KBH was in Texas. She voted against Senate passage, as did all Republican senators except Collins, Snow, and Specter.