Here’s how a young Rick Perry earned the nickname ‘Crotch’ in Texas congress

Since Secretary of Energy Rick Perry held a spirited Q&A session during Tuesday’s White House press briefing, we thought it might be fun to revisit a revelation made about the then-presidential candidate and Texas governor back in 2011. After Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in the mid-80s, as a Democrat, no less, congressional aides started calling him “Crotch” behind his back.

The nickname stemmed from the tight jeans Perry wore on the congressional floor and the fact that he couldn’t keep his hands above his waist.

But don’t take my word for it, take it from CNN commentator and former Texas congressional aide Paul Begala.

From The Daily Beast.

I first met Rick Perry in 1985. He was a Democratic freshman state rep, straight off the ranch in Haskell, Texas. He wore his jeans so tight, and, umm, adjusted himself so often that my fellow young legislative aides and I used to call him Crotch. Even among state representatives, even among Texas Aggies (graduates of this cute remedial school we have in Texas), Perry stood out for his modest intellectual gifts. Hell, he got a C in animal breeding. I have goats who got an A in that subject. But lack of brains has never been a hindrance in politics.

At the time, Perry’s mediocre animal husbandry grades got more traction, but, the straight-to-DVD John Wayne caricature was clearly proud of the heat he was packing. He was so proud, in fact, that he gave his bulge the starring role in an ad he used during his campaign for Texas agriculture commissioner.

From Vanity Fair:

During his first statewide campaign, for agriculture commissioner, in 1990, “there was a poster of Perry they put out, wearing chaps, feet up on a bale of hay, his crotch front and center,” remembers the lobbyist Bill Miller. “I saw that poster everywhere, in every office I went into, and I thought, This guy is hot. In every sense of the word.” Mil­ler laughs. “I remember having lunch with a liberal lady friend of mine, and she leans over to me and says, ‘Bill, do you think Rick Perry puts socks down the front of his pants?’ That’s when I realized he was really getting under some people’s skins.”

I humbly submit that Trump administration staffers show Crotch the respect he deserves and revive this nickname, preferably to his face.

[screen shot: White House]