Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t worried about the miniscule amount of money that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is spending on radio ads airing in California urging companies there to leave for the Lone Star state.
The 30-second ad features Perry knocking California over a recent tax increase that Brown himself championed and a lingering perception that California isn’t business-friendly. The ad coincides with the launch of a new Web-site from Perry’s state touting its business climate versus California’s.
“Building a business is tough, but I hear building a business in California is next to impossible,” the Republican Perry says in the ad. “I have a message for California businesses. Come check out Texas.”
Perry, who tried to run for president last year, emailed a release announcing the radio spots to the entire Sacramento statehouse press corp yesterday, getting him wide coverage in both states.
Brown, a Democrat who served two previous terms as governor during the 1970s and 80s, fired back today. He blasted the press for making too big of a deal out of Perry’s ads, calling the $24,000 media buy barely noticeable in a state as big as his.
“It’s not a burp,” Brown said of Perry’s ad-buy. “It’s barely a fart. If they want to get into the game, let them spend $25 million, then I will take them seriously.”
Brown didn’t shy away from taking a dig at Texas as well, at one point saying it didn’t make any sense for someone to leave California for Texas. “They aren’t going to go to Lubbock or someplace like that.”