Governor's Temporary Home Cost Big Money

Texas – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital.

That's according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

To live in the exclusive neighborhood, Texas' longest-serving governor is billing the state more than $10,000 a month for rent, utilities and upkeep on the five-bedroom, seven-bath mansion that has pecan-wood floors and three dining rooms.

Records show he's also spent $130,000 in campaign donations to throw parties, buy food and drink and pay for cable TV and other services.

When asked about the cost of living in his temporary home, Perry says: "If that's the best cut anybody's got of leadership in the state of Texas, then bring it on."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.