Perry makes rare House call to honor businessman

By Jonathan Tilove - American-Statesman Staff

George P. Mitchell, the son of Greek immigrants who grew up and still lives on Galveston Island and is best known as the “father of fracking,” was honored with a resolution on the House floor Monday that drew a very rare visit to the chamber by Gov. Rick Perry.

“This man is beyond visionary,” said the governor, speaking before the House. “He is an individual who had the courage of his convictions and the ability to look out over the horizon and see the future. Our children are going to live better, more prosperous lives because of the work George Mitchell did in the world of hydraulic fracturing.

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