Griffin Perry, the son of presidential candidate Rick Perry, poked fun at Rick Santorum’s now famous sweater vests Thursday when he took to Twitter and linked his fashion sense to another sweater vest-wearing celebrity: former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who resigned from his post last year after a scandal in which some of his players sold and traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos.
“Politics aside, can voters in SC really vote for a guy who’s fashion sense comes from Tressel? #scprimary #SEC #BCS http://pic.twitter.com/6zVUeidz,” @griffperry tweeted Thursday, including pictures of Santorum and Tressel as they both donned sweater vests.
Griffin Perry, who often acts as a surrogate for his father at campaign events, has tweeted his thoughts about almost every candidate. On Mitt Romney: “@mittromney has spent more time running for office than actually being elected, and while he was elected he was a bottom tier job creator.” On Ron Paul: “Ron Paul doesn’t remember saying those crazy things at the debate, bc he took off his aluminum hat. #2012GOP”
On Newt Gingrich: “I know Newt is a historian and I respect that, but he seems to take a lot of @GovernorPerry ideas for the FUTURE of the USA.” And even Chris Christie: “Did Christie really threaten Iowa voters he would be back ‘Jersey style’ if they dont vote for Romney? #classy #scared #iacaucus.”
As the candidate’s children increase their presence on Twitter, it’s hard to ignore the short missives sent out by potential future First Children. Jon Huntsman’s daughters have become an Internet sensation with viral videos and funny tweets from their @jon2012girls handle. After cracking a joke about Obama’s birth certificate, Matt Romney, son of Mitt Romney, created a Twitter account, @Matt_Romney, and apologized to the Twitterverse.
“I repeated a dumb joke. My bad. RT @emilyrs Romney’s son Matt made an Obama birth certificate joke on the trail in NH,” Matt Romney wrote last week.
But in the end, these children of presidential candidates are using Twitter to support their parents in their races to the White House.
“Just finished my caucus in Ankeny, IA. Lots of support and spoke between Paul and Thune. Hope I made @GovernorPerry proud!! Love you dad!” Griffin Perry tweeted on caucus night.