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Controversy Brewing Over Governor Perry's Hunting Camp

Controversy is brewing on Governor Rick Perry's campaign trail. Perry is under scrutiny because a hunting ranch his family leased in Texas was known by a title that was racially insensitive.

It made headlines when the Washington Post reported that the ranch he leases in Throckmorton County had been known and is still known by some as a racial slur. Newschannel 6 spoke with several residents in Paint Creek, the town Perry grew up in. They did not want to appear on camera but they all say it's being blown out of proportion.

 Amidst the grazing land and creek water of Perry's ranch lies a big stir-up. The hunting land that Perry and his family have leased for decades had a large rock placed in front of its entrance and painted on that rock, a racial slur. It's grabbing attention nationwide and has his opponents in the presidential race taking shots.
     
"The name of the place was called "N*****head." That is very insensitive and since Governor Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for not taking that word off that rock and renaming the place," said Hermain Cain who is running for the GOP nomination.

Perry claims that when his father began leasing it in the 80's his father painted over it and turned the rock over, but the Washington Post quoted visitors who made a few trips to the land who said that rock was still there with the word visible. Residents who grew up with Perry and even a classmate of his that Newschannel 6 spoke with in Paint Creek said that he is not to blame. They claim the ranch had always been known by that name before Perry even came along. Still this attention is popping up at a time when Governor Perry is still unknown to some voters. The damage is already showing. In a recent Fox News poll Perry fell behind his opponent Mitt Romney who had 23 percent support to Perry's 19.

When Perry was asked about the rock he called it a offensive name saying it has no place in the modern world.

 

Crystal Hall Newschannel 6.

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