Rick Perry's Washington State PAC Staffer Caught Trying to Censor Anti-Immigrant Group

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Marble-mouthed presidential candidate Rick Perry doesn't want to build a fence along the border, he thinks Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 is wrong, and he supports an in-state tuition program for illegal immigrants that would help keep them off welfare.

These positions might seem downright reasonable to most Washington state residents. But in the minds of average GOP primary voters, they're worth protesting over.

Yet when a group of such voters posted an invite to a rip-roaring anti-Perry rally, they got an interesting note from Perry's PAC man in Washington.

The group Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) had posted an invite to a protest outside a $1,000-a-plate dinner/fund-raiser in North Carolina. But several hours after posting the event, ALIPAC's president William Gheen says he received a note that the post had been reported to Facebook as abusive content.

"This morning I get up to check my computer, I got these two notices from these two guys, who'd reported the page," Gheen tells Seattle Weekly today. One of them it turns out was Clint Cox, Perry's social media manager in Washington state."

Thinking that Cox was simply a Perry supporter, Gheen e-mailed him to ask why he thought his protest invite qualified as violent, sexual, obscene, or anything else that might qualify it being censored from Facebook.

Cox responded with "Your [sic] a liar and deserve to be censored...people are on to you!"

Gheen provided screen shots that appear to corroborate his claim.

Cox's title is listed as Social Media Director on the site Americans for Rick Perry. Neither he nor Perry's campaign responded to requests for comment.

It's unclear if Cox is paid by the Perry campaign. His group raises money for Perry and organizes events.

Certainly if Cox is paid by Perry's campaign, telling someone that he should be censored after trying to have him censored is a boneheaded move.

And even if he's not paid by Perry's campaign, whoever is paying him to "Direct Social Media" needs to have a talking to about the best ways to direct.

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