No joke: Presidential candidate Rick Perry and comedian Stephen Colbert, who last week barraged Iowa voters with advertisements urging voters to support “Rick Parry,” shared the same political committee treasurer – until they didn’t.
Salvatore Purpura, who has represented numerous political committees as treasurer over the years, told POLITICO that he resigned on Thursday as treasurer of Colbert’s super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.
Then, on Monday, Perry - not Parry - formally filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission listing Purpura has his campaign treasurer. ”Obviously, there was a potential conflict of interest,” Purpura said. “I told [Colbert lawyer] Trevor [Potter] on Thursday I would not be able to be treasurer anymore.” Colbert, in an email to POLITICO, praised Purpura’s service.
Uh… that’s cool and all, but can I say, you couldn’t pay me enough to leave a job with Stephen Colbert. And Rick Perry? Well, I guess if you’re a Republican, Perry’s the flavor of the moment in what’s essentially a carton of Neapolitan ice cream. But familiarize yourself with his origin:
"He’s not George Bush on steroids. Rick Perry is what happens if Lex Luthor distilled down George Bush essence in a laboratory, and crossed it with gunpowder and semen from the finest thoroughbred in Lubbock, and then strapped that concoction onto a nuclear missile, and shot it into the fucking sun. And then waited, waited, waited, until one day, on the anniversary of the Alamo, a solar flare yadda yadda yadda RICK PERRY." — Jon Stewart