When the TYC story first broke, I quoted State Sen. Juan Hinojosa saying the governor’s office had the Texas Ranger report and sat on it. An irate aide to Perry called and insisted on a retraction and insisted that the governor’s office did not have a copy of the report.
After reading Mike Ward’s story , it’s clear that the governor’s office did, indeed, receive a copy of the report. Alfonso Royal received it in late October, and to his credit, didn’t sit on it — he began making phone calls within a few days.
However, I continue to be puzzled by Perry’s press office insisting that the guv does not have the actual report. If Perry’s office no longer has the report, it’s because someone on the staff deleted it from computer files. And if the governor has not yet read the report, it does not exactly reflect well on his leadership.