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Rick Perry: All the right enemies

Since getting into the race for President we have heard a lot of sniping from establishment Washington and Wall Street types about how Rick Perry was just too conservative, or not enough like them to get elected President. We heard from Karl Rove that Perry wasn’t moderate enough and from Jon Huntsman that we didn’t believe in global warming enough. As conservatives we should remember that sometimes a person should be judged not just by their friends but by their enemies.  We learn today that Rick Perry is the trial lawyers worst nightmare.

America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.

Why do the trial lawyers and uber trial lawyer Steve Mostyn really hate Perry?

The governor has pushed through a string of tort reform laws, including a 2003 measure putting a monetary cap on non-economic damage awards. He passed another law in the most recent Texas legislative session, making it easier to dismiss some lawsuits and putting plaintiffs on the hook for legal costs in certain cases that are defeated or dismissed.

That is why the trial lawyers are preparing to fight Perry and for their livelihood:
Democratic Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn — who, along with his wife, Amber, donated nearly $9 million to Texas candidates and party committees in the 2010 cycle — said he’s in the process of forming “some federal PACs” to take on Perry. That will likely include a federal super PAC that could take in the kind of massive donations that are permitted in Texas.
As we judge Republican candidates we should be sure that they don’t just have the right friends but the right enemies. Rick Perry is no friend to the Beltway establishment or monied interests like the trial lawyers.