AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A remark by a strategist for Gov. Rick Perry that the Republican Party shouldn't open itself "like a whorehouse" to new voters has infuriated some GOP women.
The Associated Press reports the comment by David Carney has given Perry's primary rival, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, fuel for the 2010 race.
Perry is trying to distance himself from the remark -- published in the Dallas Morning News.
Carney says he agreed the Republican Party needed to attract new voters. But, he added, quote: "that doesn't mean you take your principles and throw them out the door and become a whorehouse and
let anybody in who wants to come in, regardless."
Some GOP women across Texas are demanding that Perry apologize
for and repudiate the comment.
Perry spokesman Mark Miner says Carney wasn't speaking for the
AP reports Hutchison's campaign didn't buy it.