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Texas Gov. Perry pours criticism of federal government into book aptly called "Fed Up"

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By Stephen Lowman

Republican governor of Texas, Rick Perry, once told reporters that some of his fellow Texans could get so fed up with the federal government they might want to secede from the union. Perry, who has long championed states rights, is pouring his concerns into a book called what else -- ? "Fed Up."

His book, focusing on the history of small government and how it is under attack, will be published in the fall by Little, Brown, just in time for the midterm elections. The publisher said the book will be a “rallying cry for Americans to rise up and demand that power be returned to the people and the states.”

Perry’s is the latest in a string of books by Republican governors. Tom Ridge, Mitt Romney and, most successfully, Sarah Palin, have all published books in the past nine months. Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty announced in April that he is writing a memoir that will be published in 2011. Pawlenty, along with Palin, is considered a contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Perry has repeatedly said he has no desire to run for the presidency.

Yet, his rhetoric reaches far beyond the great state of Texas. “Interwoven with America's founding principles, state sovereignty as enshrined in the Bill of Rights has actively contributed to the vitality of our union,” Perry said in a press release. “Washington's ongoing efforts to undermine these rights pose a legitimate threat to America's continued leadership of the free world. It is no surprise, then, that citizens across the nation are so Fed Up.”

Perry, who is already the longest serving governor in Texas history, is running for his third term. He defeated Republican senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in the party primary in March. He will face the Democratic mayor of Houston, Bill White, in November.

By Steven E. Levingston  |  May 26, 2010; 5:30 AM ET
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