Remember former Illinois Senator Roger Keats' letter to his friends that went viral in April? The one that bid farewell and explained why he and his wife Tina had given up on Illinois and were headed for Texas?
Well this week he's following up with an update from the Keats home in Texas, where he says his farewell letter led to a call from and lunch with Texas Governor Rick Perry. From his Christmas letter:
We had it with governmental corruption and high taxes, so Tina and I moved to The Hill Country in Central Texas in April. We live on a couple of acres with 24 Live Oak Trees (several are 100+ years old), lots of other beautiful trees, a swimming pool and huge roofed verandas overlooking thousands of acres of open spaces with pleasant hills, trees and arroyos. We are near Austin and San Antonio.
Tina loves the heat but she still sleeps under a goose down comforter in the middle of the summer! She is repainting, remodeling, etc. the house while swimming laps most days in the pool. I’m Tina’s pool boy and arborist. Between naps, she is a veritable whirlwind of activity.
Just before we left Illinois, I sent an E-mail to a few friends explaining why we were leaving Illinois. Ooooops, it went viral, from D.C to San Francisco to Austin. Next thing I know Governor Rick Perry called to welcome me to Texas and invited us to join him for lunch with Dr. Arthur Laffer (Remember Reaganomics, yes that Art Laffer). Fun start to being a Texan.
Senator Keats tells friends his wife Tina's son was married in October, and the photo above is a family photo with the 2010 Republican Cook County Board Chairman candidate (second from far right) and wife Tina (second from left).