Looks like Governor Perry's Bahamian getaway was not appreciated by some Texans who weren't afraid to tell him about it.
"With all due respect, have you LOST YOUR MIND?" asked a Lockhart woman in an e-mail to Perry. "This little trip to the Bahamas ... has convinced a long-term, middle-aged conservative to vote you out of office."
A San Angelo woman wrote that she was disappointed over the campaign fund use.
"My husband and I work hard for our money, and we don't have time to take vacations, much less trips to the Bahamas," she wrote. "I have contacted the Republican Party of Texas with instructions to remove us from their mailing/phone lists. We will no longer contribute to the Republican Party of Texas as long as you are in office."
The possibility that publicly funded vouchers for private school tuition might have been discussed drew concern from a woman identified as a Dallas-area PTA leader. Perry, Leininger, the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Norquist have supported vouchers.
"Richardson Independent School District is broke, and you are being sweet talked into ... diverting money to vouchers!" the woman wrote. "Wake up and smell the coffee, governor."
A Richardson man said: "A select few seem to have your ear."
A woman identifying herself as a Houston teacher wrote: "Thank you for humiliating the teachers of this city with such an extravagantly made-up way to spend money in the name of all underpaid educators. Oh, and just in case there are extra funds for the study of educational finance, I myself would be willing to go to the Bahamas and discuss reform with you."