Gov. Rick Perry's ill-fated presidential run cost the taxpayers of Texas nearly $800,000, spent on travel fees for the security detail that followed Perry around on his campaign from September through November, a state report reveals. Perry took 48 trips across state lines, mostly to primary battlegrounds Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. One trip in September from South Carolina to Iowa and back racked up $45,122 in charges, including $10,834 for hotels and $7,526 for food, reports the Austin American-Statesman.
Democratic Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar has called on Perry to repay Texas for his security costs. "Unnecessary government spending is not just morally wrong, it is criminal," Farrar wrote in a letter to the governor. Perry's office declined, noting in a statement, "Gov. Perry is governor no matter where he goes, and the Department of Public Safety has a policy of providing security for governors and their families everywhere they travel, as they have back several administrations." The steep bill probably won't help Perry's plummeting approval rating in his home state. (Read more Rick Perry stories.)