Texas Gov. Rick Perry is heading to California to recruit businesses, his office said this morning, after Perry released a radio ad Monday criticizing California's business climate and encouraging businesses to leave.
Perry's radio ad - and California Gov. Jerry Brown's response that the $24,000 media buy is so small it is "barely a fart" - are the latest in a war of words between Brown and Perry about which state is better for business.
Perry, a Republican, has criticized California's tax rate and regulatory environment, while Brown, a Democrat, has criticized Texas for its relatively large percentage of people working at or below the minimum wage.
Perry's office said the governor will leave Texas on Sunday for stops in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County, returning to his state on Wednesday.
Perry has made similar recruiting trips to California before. The visit this weekend includes no public events.
PHOTO CREDIT: Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles as he arrives to meet reporters after a speech Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Dallas. In his speech to business leaders. AP Photo/ LM Otero