Rick Perry To Enter Race Next Week?

Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza are reporting that the signs are all there for a start to a Rick Perry Presidential campaign next week:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is expected to announce his presidential plans shortly after the Ames Straw Poll this coming weekend, and his supporters are already soliciting contributions for the campaign, according to an e-mail from a Perry supporter.

The e-mail from Gene Powell, a real-estate executive who Perry appointed to the University of Texas board of regents, states, “We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and tells people to start writing checks today.

It is further evidence that Perry is truly ramping up for a 2012 presidential campaign, even though a top Perry adviser says the e-mail’s timeframe isn’t hard and fast.

Perry adviser David Carney told The Fix that the no one should read too much into the e-mail, which he says contains some factual inaccuracies.

“While we are encouraged by this enthusiasm, we have not made the final decision, as even this email indicates,” Carney wrote in an e-mail, “and there are some other items in that email that are incorrect, but it just goes to demonstrate how excited some of our folks are.”

Carney said the timeframe for the possible campaign continues to be “this summer with Labor Day as the outlier.”

An announcement next week, or at least speculation about such an announcement, is interesting if only because it would tend to take away much of the publicity bounce that the winner of Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll would normally get.

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Comments

  1. SickOf-IT says:

    Another idiot. He has no answers or solutions to where we are headed.

    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM
    OsiXs (Common Sense 3.1)

  2. Tsar Nicholas says:

    At first I largely had written off Perry on the theory that he had waited too long to enter the contest. Now it would appear his timing — whether the announcement is next week or shortly thereafter — not only is propitious but is the stuff of political genius.

    Romney has been dangling out there, twisting in the wind. Accomplishing nothing. Even some of the truly stupid on the right side of the spectrum have come to realize that a Bachmann candidacy in a national general election would be a farce. The remainder of the GOP “field” already has faded away. Simultaneously the full impact of having had Obama in office the past 2-plus years is starting to trickle through the media’s filters and to become common knowledge on Main Street. Lo and behold, with that as the backdrop, here comes a D.C. outsider and big state governor. Telegenic. With appeal to fiscal hawks, law and order hawks and to evangelicals too. With still enough time to raise substantial funds and to compete in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    Team Perry either is scary lucky or scary good. Maybe a combination of both.

    Perry’s got a very legitimate chance at garnering the nomination. In that event he would pose a dire threat to Obama and to the media-academia-union cabal.

  3. Socrates says:

    Perry is a moral degenerate. Here’s Jon Chait:

    Veterans of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’s unsuccessful 2010 primary challenge to Perry recalled being stunned at the way attacks bounced off the governor in a strongly conservative state gripped by tea party fever. Multiple former Hutchison advisers recalled asking a focus group about the charge that Perry may have presided over the execution of an innocent man – Cameron Todd Willingham – and got this response from a primary voter: “It takes balls to execute an innocent man.”

    If you’re not familiar with this episode, David Grann wrote about in for the New Yorker in 2009… The upshot is that Perry is essentially an accessory to murder. He executed an innocent man, displaying zero interest in the man’s innocence. When a commission subsequently investigated the episode, Perry fired its members.

    It is telling that the political culture that has nurtured Perry is so morally demented that demonstrating that he blithely executed an innocent man is not a political liability.

  4. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Socrates:

    It is telling that the political culture that has nurtured Perry is so morally demented that demonstrating that he blithely executed an innocent man is not a political liability.

    You have to remember Socrates, it is Texas. As Ron White liked to say, “While other states are ending the death penalty, Texas is putting in an express lane.”

  5. An Interested Party says:

    In that event he would pose a dire threat to Obama and to the media-academia-union cabal.

    Only if the rest of the country were just like Texas…fortunately, that’s not the case…

  6. MM says:

    @Tsar Nicholas:

    In that event he would pose a dire threat to Obama and to the media-academia-union cabal.

    What does that even mean?