White camp calls Perry 'part-time' governor

By APRIL CASTRO  / Associated Press

Democratic candidate for governor Bill White says his opponent, Gov. Rick Perry, is a part-time governor.

White on Thursday released copies of Perry's schedules from January through May. White said Perry worked about seven hours a week during the time period. Perry was campaigning for re-election from January until the early March primary.

White spokeswoman Katy Bacon criticized Perry for not making time to meet with officials about the projected $18 billion budget shortfall the state is expected to face next year. The schedules do show several meetings with House Speaker Joe Straus, Comptroller Susan Combs and others.

The schedules, which were obtained from the governor's office using state public information laws, include state-scheduled events, telephone interviews and meetings. vstory end