Gaines’ stunt in Austin
pokes fun at Texas’ Perry
The turf war with Texas over one of California’s glitziest businesses continued Monday as Sen. Ted Gaines tried to fend off the Lone Star State’s efforts to recruit Tesla to build a factory there.
His shtick? Appearing in front of the state Capitol in Austin with a cardboard cut-out of the electric car.
“A few weeks ago, Gov. ( Rick) Perry drove up to our Capitol in a Tesla. I was planning to do the same thing here in the spirit of healthy competition, but it was impossible to even get a Tesla in Texas,” Gaines said in a statement.
Gaines, a Republican from Rocklin, and Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, are carrying legislation to try to lure Tesla to build its factory in California, arguing that the plant would create 6,500 new jobs.
Gaines has been posting updates from his trip to Austin on Twitter. One picture showed him surrounded by Texas news media, and a “selfie” in front of the lush grounds at the Texas Capitol noted, “they even water their lawn!”
The grass outside California’s Capitol, by contrast, is looking pretty yellow these days with watering cut back due to the drought.
“I’m not here to be the political mastermind of Southern California. I’m here to turn the city around.”