Donald Trump has narrowed his search for energy secretary to four people, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry the leading candidate.Yes, this is the federal department the Perry could not remember he wanted to eliminate in a 2012 Presidential debate. Rick Perry stepped down as Texas governor on January 19, 2015. At the time he said:
As to other endeavors, he said, “I actually don’t know and purposefully don’t know. I have had no conversations with anyone about employment after this."It took eleven business days for Perry to land a spot on Energy Transfer Partner's board of directors from which he received $236,820 in 2015 board compensation.
Six weeks later Perry garnered a Sunoco Logistics board seat which paid him $128,490 in 2015. Oddly, Sunoco Logisitics did not announce the appointment of Governor Perry in March 2015. It took over two months for the company to file Perry's boardship with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In January 2016 Perry received $100,000 in stock from Sunoco Logisitics according to their SEC filing.
Rick Perry's penchant for corporate welfare can be seen in his 2004 $35 million gift to The Carlyle Group's Vought Aircraft Industries. Vought didn't even submit an application for Perry's $35 million working capital gift.
Perry claimed Vought created over 29,000 Texas jobs, a bold faced lie. Vought didn't employ company wide its Texas commitment when the Governor made his absurd claims. The Carlyle Group sold Vought in 2010 six years after receiving Rick Perry's $35 million gift.
Give Perry the Energy Department reigns and he will use the federal purse to enrich corporations to the detriment of workers and the general public. That may be President elect Donald Trump's wish.
As the world becomes darker Perry's possible appointment as Energy Chief has a comedic side. Perry's ability to forget is clear. Will Trump voters forget Donald's promises to toss out insiders and drain the swamp?
Update 12-13-16: Trump picks Perry for Energy Chief