Perry says he opposes Confederate license plate
By Jason Embry | Wednesday, October 26, 2011,
Gov. Rick Perry told a Florida television station today that he opposes the creation of a Confederate license plate in Texas.
“We don’t need to be scraping old wounds,” Perry told Bay News 9 in Tampa.
The plate has been proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, an ancestral history group involved in previous dust-ups over displays of the flag in state buildings and on state monuments.
The state Department of Motor Vehicles is considering the plate. A vote could come next month after one in April ended in a 4-4 tie, officials said.
The members of the DMV board are Perry appointees.
Opponents of the flag, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the liberal group Progress Texas, presented the DMV with 22,000 petition signatures earlier this month.
The license-plate proposal put Perry in a tough spot. While many oppose the plate, a similar plate has already been approved in South Carolina, site of a key Republican presidential primary in January.