[S]everal of Gov. Perry's priorities are in deep trouble, even among fellow Republicans, and the governor didn't help his cause by leaving last week on an eight-day economic development trip to the Middle East.
Spokesman Robert Black said Perry didn't leave the country to seek refuge from his detractors.
"Even during the critical 140 days of a legislative session, a governor has other duties and responsibilities that require attention," he said.
But that hasn't impressed the governor's detractors.
"He (Perry) has made some bad political moves," said Talton, noting that some of the strongest opposition to the cervical cancer vaccine and the Trans-Texas Corridor has come from conservative Republicans.
"When the relationship is on the rocks, it isn't the best time to leave," added Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio.
Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, said Perry's problems stem largely from the fact that he was re-elected in November with only 39 percent of the vote in a five-candidate field.
"I think that's what you're seeing. The support for him is not strong," he said.