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This Friday, April 26, 2013 photo shows an editorial cartoon that depicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry boasting about business booming in his state and then shows an explosion, that was featured in Thursday's edition of The Sacramento Bee newspaper, in Sacramento, Calif. Perry sent a letter to the Bee expressing his "disgust and disappointment" and demanding an immediate apology on behalf of the Texas town where 14 people died in a fertilizer plant blast last week. The cartoonist, Jack Ohman, defended his cartoon by saying the lack of government regulations in Texas was a fair topic for criticism. (AP Photo)

AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry is expressing "disgust and disappointment" at a cartoon in a California newspaper that depicts him boasting about business booming in Texas just before a major explosion.

The cartoon in The Sacramento Bee shows Perry crowing that "Business is Booming" and flanked by sings saying "Low Tax" "Low Regs!" The next panel reads "Boom!" as an explosion engulfs the area behind the governor.

An explosion last week at a fertilizer plant in West killed 14 people and injured 200 others.

In a letter to the Bee's editor Friday, Perry said he wouldn't stand for "someone mocking this tragedy." He demanded an immediate apology for the newspaper's "detestable attempt at satire."

Fellow Republican and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for the firing of the artist, political cartoonist Jack Ohman.



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