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10:33 am
Thu December 10, 2009

Perry Foe Alleges Donation Sought For Appointment

Texas – When Corpus Christi Judge Rose Vela sought an appointment to the Texas Supreme Court, her husband turned to a friend and ally of GOP Gov. Rick Perry.

But Filemon "Fil" Vela said he was dismayed by what Cameron County Judge Cascos told him: He needed to publicly disavow his support of Perry rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, get on the Perry re-election bandwagon, and give the governor some campaign money.

Rose Vela is now running in the March Republican primary against the judge Perry ultimately appointed Eva Guzman of Houston.

Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle says Perry chief of staff Ray Sullivan and Cascos spoke about a possible appointment for Rose Vela -- but didn't discuss endorsements or contributions. Castle says Sullivan told Cascos that Perry would "consider all the applicants."

Cascos says he acted alone.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.