Gov. Perry Heeds Will of Texans: Says No to TSA Groping

06/21/11 – – AUSTIN, Texas, June 21, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — After being confronted in person and on videotape by co-founder Wesley Strackbein to add the TSA anti-groping bill to the Special Session at a June 18th New Orleans book signing, Texas Gov. Rick Perry concluded that it was time to lend his belated support to the Travelers’ Dignity Act, which he called to the Special Session late yesterday afternoon.

“We are grateful that Gov. Perry — following a disappointing flip-flop — heard the cry of his constituents and did what he said he would do: bring the TSA bill to the floor of the Texas legislature,” Strackbein stated.

Strackbein’s appeal to the Governor was echoed by Texas State Rep. David Simpson (R-Longview) who wrote a pull-no-punches open letter to Perry on Monday morning in which he expressed his growing frustration.

“Texans overwhelmingly support this measure as I am sure your office can attest. And the Legislature is ready to pass it as soon as you call the bill,” wrote Simpson. “Gov. Perry, there remains only for you to call the bill. Any concerns for time would be quickly wiped away if you would take the bull by the horns and provide leadership on this bill.”

Simpson documented in his letter that 112 of 150 members of the Texas House were co-sponsors of HB 41 which would make it a criminal act for security personnel to touch a person’s private areas without probable cause or express consent as a condition of travel. And Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) indicated in earlier June 15th letter to Perry that he had the votes in the Senate for the companion bill, SB 29.

By Monday evening, June 20th Perry concluded — contrary to the answer he gave Strackbein this past Saturday morning — that there was indeed sufficient time and support for the anti-groping TSA bill to be added to the Special Session. Perry made the announcement last evening in an official proclamation.

When the Texas Senate was on the verge of passing the Travelers’ Dignity Act at the close of the regular legislative session in late May, U.S. Attorney John Murphy of San Antonio sent a letter on behalf of the Department of Justice which threatened to declare Texas a no-fly zone — essentially grounding all inbound and outbound flights — if the anti-groping TSA bill became law.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was initially intimidated, ultimately drew a different conclusion. Yesterday, Dewhurst stated, “The Obama Administration overstepped its bounds by implicitly threatening to shut down air traffic in Texas if we passed this bill. After working closely with the Attorney General’s Office the last few weeks, I’m confident that we can pass legislation that addresses these threats, while protecting innocent passengers and preserving our state’s rights.”

Now, in the face of growing public pressure for Texas government to secure the Fourth Amendment rights of its citizens, 12 Texas State Senators remain oddly undecided.

“We call upon all freedom-loving Texans to take a stand for our right to travel without compromising the sanctity of our bodies,” said Michael Gobart, co-founder of “Visit our website and take just 6 minutes to call the 12 undecided Senators. We need every vote we can get.”

Wesley Strackbein agreed. “A pathway for liberty has been opened. The Texas Senate and House must now break through this breach in tyranny’s wall and bring us to victory. Call your State Senators and urge them to send this clear message to Washington: ‘You can’t grope Texas.’”

To schedule an interview with either co-founder Wesley Strackbein or Michael Gobart, contact Adam McManus at or call 210.373.7499.

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