Perry won’t call for Holder’s resignation, but finally takes a slight stab at Fast and Furious

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a stab at Operation Fast and Furious during a speech at the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in New York City on Friday.

Perry — who has been silent on the gun-walking program that led to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and a large number of Mexican citizens — described it as an “ill-conceived operation.”

For weeks, The Daily Caller has been asking Perry staffers, including chief spokesman Mark Miner, for comment on what the border state governor thinks of the operation. Perry and Miner have not commented.

TheDC has also asked Miner if Perry thinks Holder should resign immediately — the stance of 51 congressmen so far. Perry has continued to not answer the question.

During his Friday remarks, Perry did say that he thinks law enforcement agents deserve an “attorney general who displays the same courage and a sense of responsibility [with] which they serve,” but according to Politico, didn’t specifically name Holder.

Other presidential candidates, including Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, have made veiled calls for Holder’s resignation. The issue of resignation is one Perry has not touched.

Miner didn’t return TheDC’s requests for comment or more information about Perry’s Fast and Furious remarks — or say if Perry thinks Holder should resign — after the governor’s speech.

It’s unclear how, or if, Perry would hold Holder accountable for Operation Fast and Furious.

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