Ex-Perry adviser joins Rubio, whom he once dissed – Beaumont Enterprise


AUSTIN – For the second time in as many weeks, a Rick Perry campaign aide who once criticized one of the former Texas governor’s rivals has gone to work for that competitor.

Avik Roy, who had criticized Marco Rubio’s positions as a healthcare policy expert backing Perry, has signed on as a volunteer adviser to the Florida senator’s campaign, according to Politico.com.

“No candidate expresses — and embodies — the American dream better,” Roy said in a Tweet.

Previously, Roy had criticized Rubio’s characterization of Obamacare as “bailouts,” which he said were “meant to coax risk-averse companies to offer new insurance plans to people getting covered under the health care law,” according to Politico.

“It’s not an insurance company bailout if it’s the government that’s messing up the health insurance market, right?” Roy has said. “The insurers are just trying to do their job.”

While he was with Perry’s now-defunct campaign, Roy blasted a tax plan touted by Rubio as “a multi-trillion-dollar effort at social engineering,” even though he acknowledged that some elements of the plan had merit.

Earlier, Texas GOP political consultant and fundraiser Corbin Casteel joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, two months after telling the San Antonio Express-News that the billionaire candidate was “a joke.”



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