Monday saw the news that during a news conference in San Antonio Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his decision not to seek for reelection 2014.
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry said of his decision not to run once again for the post of governor
Perry’s departure will probably bring the most prominent and important political shuffle in Texas in 13 years, the last time there was an open race for governor.
Perry is already the longest-serving governor in the state’s history and has been the Texas chief executive since December 2000, when George W. Bush left to become president.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is quite famous among Republicans, has been making moves as though he will seek the governorship next year.
Abbott praised Perry for keeping “Washington in check, working to block an intrusive federal government from meddling in our personal lives and preventing the heavy-hand of government from stifling small businesses in Texas.”
As far as the Democratic side is concerned, it’s too early to make any predictions. State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, who rose to national prominence with her recent filibuster of an abortion bill, has said she’ll take a “second look” at the next year’s race.
Perry has previously spoken of the posiibility that he would try again and run for the White House, saying any “future considerations” will be announced “in due time and I will arrive at that decision appropriately.”
The governor recently rehired Mark Miner, a longtime aide who was one of the advisers behind his 2012 presidential bid, reports USA Today.
Rick Perry was first elected as the Lone Star State’s lieutenant governor in 1998. Two years later he became governor, thus succeeding then-governor George W. Bush who resigned to take the Oval Office.
Perry was reelected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. He tried to compete for the presidential post and entered the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but soon left the race ahead of the South Carolina primary.
Cal Jillson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, suggested that another presidential bid by Perry would require him to be better prepared than he was last year.
“If he plans to run for president again, he needs to be free of the governor’s office so he can give his full attention to putting together a top-flight campaign team and prepare himself substantively, especially on foreign policy and national security issues,” Jillson said.
During an appearance on this week’s “Fox News Sunday,” Perry said another presidential bid was “an option.”
“Well, certainly, that’s an option out there, but again, we got a lot of work to do in [Texas] over the course of the next couple of weeks that have my focus substantially more than even 2014 or 2016,” Perry said.
On Monday, Texas Governer remained coy about his plans beyond 2014.
“Any future considerations, I will announce in due time and I will arrive on that decision appropriately,” he said.
“It’s been an improbable journey that has taken me from a farm in this place called Paint Creek, Texas to the governor’s office,” Perry said of his time in office. “Each day has been an honor.