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02/14/07 - Austin, Texas

Texas Gov's Son Hired by Consulting Firm

One of two large financial firms consulting with the governor's office on the possible sale of the Texas lottery has hired the son of Gov. Rick Perry to work in its Dallas office.

The governor's office said there is no relationship between the consulting work done by UBS and the company's hiring of Griffin Perry, 23, an economist.

'He stands on his own two feet. And he got this job on his own,' Perry spokesman Robert Black told The Dallas Morning News for its Tuesday editions.

Last week, Perry laid out his idea for selling the Texas lottery to private interests, saying it could raise $14 billion for education, health insurance and cancer research.

UBS hired Griffin Perry about two weeks ago for a program in which about a dozen entry-level employees rotate through various parts of the company, said UBS spokeswoman Karina Byrne.

'He would have been subjected to the same criteria that would have applied to any other young person applying for the associate program,' Byrne said. She said his father's position would not have weighed into the calculation.

The hiring was questioned by Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, which pushes for campaign finance changes. 'Hiring the governor's son seems to be a way to enamor yourself with the man at the top,' McDonald said.

Black said UBS is not the only company the governor's office has talked to about the lottery proposal, and no fees have been paid.

UBS also is consulting with Illinois and New Jersey, which are considering similar sales of lottery operations.

The UBS consulting team includes former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, a longtime friend of the governor. He has met with one of the governor's top aides to discuss the idea but not with Perry, Black said last week.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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