The first week in August of 2011 I was attending the annual RedState Gathering. There were rumors of a big announcement, media excitement, and a buzz in the activists who were in attendance. As Governor Rick Perry began to take the stage I was sitting behind his wife, Anita, in the second row. I already knew what was about to happen, but I was filled with excitement none the less. While I was a Front Page Contributor to RedState, I was still just an activist looking for leadership that could correct the course of our nation, and Governor Perry was an absolute rock star.

To put it mildly, I was a fan.

Despite all that happened in the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary, I remain a fan today.

I remain a supporter of Governor Perry for many reasons, but the biggest reason is that despite a record of executive experience unparalleled in the GOP field, Perry remains a humble man from Paint Creek, filled with a faith in God, and an optimistic vision for America. The world of politics is bare knuckle, it tests your patience on a daily basis, in fact, I often wonder why I do this rather than something that doesn’t result in mud slinging trolls stalking me on the internet or sending death threats to friends and family.

But then I am reminded of people like Rick Perry.

In Perry I see a leader driven by a purpose other than anger, I see a leader driven by a desire to correct our course as a nation and bring us back together under a common purpose, once again being the beacon of liberty to the world. Governor Perry understands that to be a beacon of liberty, we must first restore our own government to its proper size and scope, returning the aspects of governing the federal government has seized back to the states and the people, as the Constitution requires.

When my time as Managing Editor of RedState came to a close and I was looking for new opportunities to continue contributing to the conservative movement, I was very happy to get a call from the campaign in waiting for Governor Perry. After a series of emails and phone calls, along with a trip to Austin for a sit down interview, I was absolutely ecstatic to finally be notified that I had been hired for a small role within the comms shop for the Perry 2016 Campaign. So full disclosure, I worked for the Perry campaign, and yes, I am one of the many staffers who has decided to stay on as a volunteer without pay. This is why I have been largely absent from writing here at RedState, until recently my position wasn’t actually public.

My support of Governor Perry, while certainly influenced by my nostalgia for Reagan, isn’t based on just the character aspects of humility and faith in God. I am also a big fan of the Governor’s record.

During the 14 years of Perry was Governor of Texas he was a conservative, and unlike many, his record became more conservative over time.

This is why I am not ready to see Governor Perry leave the conversation just yet. That’s why I am pushing this #StandWithRick money bomb today. Last week my email inbox and DM’s on twitter blew up with friends and activists asking how they could help the Perry campaign. Many of them were frustrated that the current media environment had precluded the Governor’s rather serious policy proposals from getting traction among primary voters. I even had people for whom Perry is their second or third choice offering to help out the campaign. I decided a money bomb was the best way to go.

Throughout the day I expect a few more posts here at RedState and across the conservative blogosphere. These post will go deeper into certain aspects of Governor Perry’s record that many may not be familiar with. Below I have provide nearly 30 preconfigured tweets with highlights of Governor Perry’s record in Texas, simply click the link and a new window will open with your tweet ready to be sent. I have also included a donation link in each tweet.

If you would like to help me keep Governor Perry, along with his innovative conservative policies and optimistic vision for America, in the conversation, I urge you to click the links below and possible donate $5 yourself.

Governor Perry’s Economic Record:

Tweet: Texas Added 2,214,900 Jobs Under @GovernorPerry #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/fb0p3+

Tweet: Did you know @GovernorPerry oversaw The Addition Of Over 1.9 Million New Private Sector Jobs? #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/9p78e+

Tweet: Texas Has Added 1,938,300 Private Sector Jobs Since @GovernorPerry Assumed Office. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/0yUgc+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry, Texas Accounted For ~30% Of All New Private-Sector Jobs Created In The U.S. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/A2v88+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas Created Over 1.5MM Jobs Since Dec 2007. Rest Of The U.S. Net Lost 400K Jobs. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/tC3y8+

Tweet: Texas Has Created Almost 4 Times More Jobs Under @GovernorPerry Than The Nation At Large. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/3LV0R+

Tweet: Women In The Workplace Have Grown By 1,070,000 Since @GovernorPerry Assumed Office. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/18gm6+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas Increased The Number Of Upper-Middle Wage Jobs By Over 25% #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/15e8c+

Tweet: Since 2000 Texas’ Real GDP Increased $522,882,000,000. An Increase Of 55.36% @GovernorPerry #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/D2N65+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas Reduced The Number Of Families On Welfare By Over 70%. #StandWithRick Donate Today! http://ctt.ec/hb52k+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas State Spending Has Declined By 11.5 Percent Since 2002. #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/C1pfN+

Tweet: .@GovernorPerry Cut Taxes Over 75 Times For $17 Billion In Savings & Increased Rainy Day Fund 7000% #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/dPb9J+

Tweet: .GovernorPerry Oversaw Passage Of The Largest Tax Cut In Texas History. Now he’s running for #POTUS #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/Sxeqi+

Tweet: Texas’ S&P Credit Rating Increased Twice Between 2000 & 2014, From AA To AAA Under @GovernorPerry #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/yhf6Q+

Governor Perry’s Pro-Life/Pro-Family Record:

Tweet: .@GovernorPerry Passed “Sweeping New Abortion Restrictions” in 2013 That Banned Abortion After 20 Weeks #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/cEDKa+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas Passed The “Women’s Right To Know Act” In 2003. #ProLife #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/11fzo+

Tweet: #Prolife Under @GovernorPerry Texas Approved Financing For Abortion Alternatives In 2005. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/ff3wH+

Tweet: #ProLife @GovernorPerry Signed Legislation That Required A Sonogram Prior To An Abortion In 2011. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/6I8qC+

Tweet: #ProLife In 2005 @GovernorPerry Signed Legislation That Created A Parental Consent Law For Abortion. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/wCJ_W+

Governor Perry’s Immigration/Border Security Record:

Tweet: .GovernorPerry Ordered A Deployment Of The National Guard To Protect Texas’ Southern Border #StandWithRick Donate! http://ctt.ec/DtEB0+

Tweet: Under @GovernorPerry Texas Passed Voter I.D. Bill In 2011. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/7J0LU+

Tweet: .@GovernorPerry Mandated All State Agencies And Those Contracting With State Agencies Use E-Verify. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/sfd73+

Tweet: Texas Spent Nearly $800 Million For Border Security During @GovernorPerry’s Last 5 Years In Office. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/la43v+

Governor Perry’s Pro-2nd Amendment Record:

Tweet: .@GovernorPerry protected Gun Ranges from frivolous lawsuits by signing SB766 in 2001. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/3EQDW+

Tweet: In 2007 @GovernorPerry strengthened #2A protections for Texans with “Castle Doctrine” legislation. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/4cUbj+

Tweet: In 2013 @GovernorPerry strengthened #2A in Texas with multiple laws expanding Concealed Carry rights. #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/fe2s9+

Tweet: .@GovernorPerry signed a law to allow School Marshall’s to carry guns to protect students. #2A #StandWithRick http://ctt.ec/3t208+