In a rare public rebuke to Gov. Rick Perry, the Texas Senate this afternoon blocked Perry’s nomination of unemployed Burleson banker Shanda Perkins to become a member of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.
After a brief debate, the GOP-controlled Senate by a 24-7 vote sent the nominee of fellow Republican Perry back to the Nominations Committee, where it is expected to die.
While Perkins’ lack of qualifications were cited as a reason for the surprise move, several senators said Perkins’ involvement in a 2004 controversy over the sale of sex toys in her hometown of Burleson was a factor.
Click here for Mike Ward's article in the Austin American-Statesman. Click below to see Whitmire in action.