May 10, 2012
By Bobby Cervantes
State Rep. Jim Landtroop could be a big help for Gov. Rick Perry when state lawmakers convene next year, and the governor made sure Tuesday to return the favor early.
Perry visited Pampa on Tuesday to formally endorse the 44-year-old Plainview Republican in his re-election bid, three weeks before the Republican primary race that has fielded three challengers.
“This is about a known product,” Perry said. “I’m so proud to share my support for him.”
Cal Jillson, a Southern Methodist University political science professor, said Perry’s endorsement is a boost for Landtroop, especially after serving one term in the House.
The governor has about six months to lend his support to House and Senate candidates before the next legislative session begins in January 2013, Jillson said.
“The reason Perry is doing this is, he took such a beating during the presidential run that he’s trying to reassert himself in Texas politics prior to the 2013 legislative session,” he said....