More children dying in foster care, comptroller says
Strayhorn says governor's office is blocking her attempts to investigate foster system
Saturday, June 24, 2006
The number of children who died in the
Joined by members of advocacy groups, Strayhorn told reporters that Gov. Rick Perry's administration has stonewalled her attempts to gather data that she needs to complete her investigation.
But Perry's camp said the claims by Strayhorn, who is challenging Perry in the November gubernatorial election, ignore legislation passed in 2005, well into her investigation, that calls for comprehensive reform of Child Protective Services. And state officials cited confidentiality concerns about releasing the data.
"With her support evaporating, her poll numbers dropping and her campaign stagnating, Carole Strayhorn seems desperate to change the subject and is sadly not above exploiting child tragedies to do it," said Robert Black, a Perry re-election campaign spokesman.