Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) may be the only other governor to attend Rick Perry’s The Response prayer rally on Saturday, but even he is now ducking questions about his plans to participate in event:
In June, Brownback’s office said the Republican governor had accepted an invitation from Texas Gov. Rick Perry, also a Republican and possible presidential candidate, to attend the event which is being dubbed “a call to prayer for a nation in crisis.” Brownback’s office said he would be going at his own expense.
Since then, however, Brownback’s office has been quiet on the subject. In recent days, the governor’s office would not confirm his plans, only to say that Brownback would be on vacation during that time.
Perry is hosting the The Response “along with the extremist American Family Association and a cohort of Religious Right leaders with far-right political ties.” And while the rally’s leaders label it a “a non-denominational, apolitical Christian prayer meeting,” the event will be financed and organized by “politically active Religious Right individuals and groups who are dedicated to bringing far-right religious view, including degrading views of gays and lesbians and non-Christians, into American politics.” Right Wing Watch has the must-read a fact sheet on the sponsors’ radical views.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) won’t attend the gathering, but will send a video message.