The Washington Times - June 23, 2011, 10:35AM

At least one fellow Texas Republican believes Gov. Rick Perry, already flirting with a 2012 presidential run, is getting ready to jump into the race.

“I think he is. But remember I said, ‘I think,’ ” freshman Rep. Francisco Canseco said Thursday during an interview on The Washington Times-affiliated “America’s Morning News” radio program.


The San Antonio congressman, like the governor a strong ally of the tea party movement, said the Obama administration is strangling the American economy with overregulation.

“The root of the problem is an enormous growth of government and what it’s done has created a lot of uncertainty in our businesses so that they don’t want to move one way or the other,” he said.
“There’s just so much going on with all of these agencies, growing their tentacles, interfering with the private sector.”

Mr. Canseco, 61, also sharply criticized the White House’s handling of security along the Mexican border.

“Most of my life … I’ve lived on the border, and I’ve worked on the border. The border used to be a peaceable area and a very lovely area to go and cross into Mexico … go to a restaurant, do some
shopping and come back. That’s ended,” he said.

“We have the president and [Homeland Security Secretary] Janet Napolitano going to the border and saying it’s safer than it ever been. It caused me to choke,” he said.

“There is so much fear of crossover violence.”