Should Perry’s campaign pay his security costs?

The Houston Chronicle (“Perry should pay campaign security costs “) has suggested that Rick Perry’s campaign pay for the more than $1 million in security costs that the state of Texas paid to protect him as Perry campaigned for president.

On one side of the question, Perry’s security needs do not go away just because he is outside of the state. Also, making a governor’s campaign pay for those expenses creates a burden that other candidates might not have. Does Texas want to make it harder for our governor to run for president?

On the other side, Perry is out of the race now and seems to have plenty of money left over. The state’s budget has been cut everywhere and other state employees have seen their travel reimbursement subject to strict rules–many of the suggested by the governor’s office.

What’s the best course?

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