Perry’s Real Problem - American Independents

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Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor is now a story in play, but what's been left out is the independent voter back story. This is their story, via a new citizen's Super PAC,, established for independent voting Americans who will likely decide this presidential election.

Perry was hit by a bonafide grassroots trans-partisan movement of ordinary citizens with legs inside both parties, but led by Texas independents.

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It wasn’t just that Rick Perry tried to conduct the largest land grab in Texas history for a massive foreign-owned toll road and utility-trade corridor called the Trans-Texas Corridor. And it wasn’t just that both parties opposed it, as reported in Politico this week. It was the exodus from the Republican Party of a major state official, Carole Strayhorn, then Texas Comptroller, to run as an independent against Perry in 2006. The revolt by the independent electorate resulted in 1.3 million independent votes in 2006.

Independent Texan activist, Linda Curtis, who lives 500 feet from where a wildfire ravaged Bastrop last month, said, "What the press has missed so far is the fact that Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor transgressions sparked a bonafide grassroots trans-partisan movement of ordinary Texans, with legs in both major parties, but led by Texas independents. He barely squeaked by in 2006 with just 39% of the vote."

Curtis of Independent Texans, who helped build the urban anti-toll movement in Austin with marketing wiz, Sal Costello, brought the rural anti-TTC and urban anti-toll coalition together behind Strayhorn. Curtis, a staunch progressive independent, and Marie Day, a Central Texas rancher and staunch conservative, have now launched, a federal citizen’s super PAC for independent voters. The website entitled, “Perry Poop,” has a hilarious picture of Rick Perry on the home page that is bound to attract lots of visitors – hopefully independent-voting visitors. (See the “About” section at for more on Curtis and Day.)

If Perry becomes the nominee of the Republican Party, will this lead to another independent voter revolt across the country? "It will, if this new super PAC for independent voters,, has anything to say about it," said co-founder Marie Day. What’s more, the site is a real pleaser for those political junkies – and ordinary voters – who like to hear from real people engaged in battles launched from the grassroots.

The in-depth story of the trans-partisan independent movement that took the TTC down, and almost took Perry with it, can be viewed on the site,, under “Texas Independent Revolt.” Curtis and Day are available for interviews.


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