Rick Perry Won’t Run For Re-Election
We won't have Rick Perry to kick around any more.
We won’t have Rick Perry to kick around any more.
USA Today (“Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he won’t run again“):
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a record run as chief executive of the Lone Star State.
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry said at a news conference in San Antonio surrounded by hundreds of supporters.
Perry, 63, is already the longest-serving governor in Texas history and has been the Lone Star state’s chief executive since December 2000 when George W. Bush left to become president. Perry’s departure sets up the biggest political shuffle in Texas since he took office.
The Republican was coy during an appearance onFox News Sunday about his future, saying only that another presidential bid was “an option out there.” He also said his attention is more focused now on a special session of the Texas Legislature, as lawmakers consider a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy that would also close most of the state’s abortion clinics.
There are three reasons that Perry is not seeking re-election. The third is “Oops.”