Yes indeed it happened. For the very first time the Governor of Texas joined the outdoor public Menorah lighting in front of the State Capitol.
Sponsored by Chabad of Austin, the celebration was out in front of the Capitol. Rabbi Mendy Levertov opened with a few words on the significance of Chanukah and its message of responsibility to add in immeasurable goodness. After inviting Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff, of Chabad Texas Regional Headquarters, to give regards and blessings on behalf of Chabad around the state, he invited the governor to speak.
Calling the rabbis "my brothers", Governor Rick Perry compared the Alamo to Masada saying that the fight for freedom and good to triumph over evil is an old one and Chanukah represents something we all believe in.
Rabbi Mendy Levertov then presented the Governor with the book "Rebbe", a biography of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the inspiration of the public Menorah lighting, as a memento of the event.
As Rabbi Yosef Levertov sang the blessings, the Governor and State Representative Elliot Neishtat lit the Menorah from the bucket of firetruck Ladder 8 of the Austin Fire Department.
The Governor did not leave before dancing a spirited dance with the Rabbis. instagram.com/p/wr8Urvw1P8
For pictures visit: http://governor.state.tx.us/photos/20398/