CEDAR CREEK, Tex. — Given that this year’s Republican Governors Association meeting is taking place here in Texas, reporters today asked RGA Chairman Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi, to weigh in on the Rick Perry-vs.-Kay Bailey Hutchison GOP primary for Texas governor.
Barbour said that the RGA doesn’t take sides in primaries, but that he was personally backing Perry. “I personally think Gov. Perry should be re-elected,” he said.
And then he added this: “I hope Sen. Hutchison will stay in the United States Senate for the rest of my life.”
Asked why he supported Perry over Hutchison, Barbour replied, “I thought he deserved re-election.” He then went on to say: “I would hate to lose Kay Bailey in the Senate.”
When asked if he has talked to Hutchison about staying in the Senate, Barbour responded simply, “She and I have talked.”