Sources: Rick Perry is running

Posted on June 9, 2011


By Matt Lewis Daily Caller….Two separate and reliable source in Texas tell me serious preparations are  being made for Governor Rick Perry, 61, to seek the Republican nomination for  president.

Dave Carney and Rob Johnson — the former top Perry aides who on Thursday left Newt Gingrich’s campaign — are said to be  heading to Texas soon to begin preparations for the run. I am told this is now “ninety percent likely to occur.” Additionally, Perry allies have begun holding  meetings in the state and have been instructed to
quietly reach out to  contacts in early primary states.

The stars may have finally aligned for Perry, who, until recently, said he  had no intentions of seeking the nomination. With no clear front runner  emerging, and with Gingrich’s campaign floundering, Perry could enter the field  as a top-tier candidate, surrounded by the same team that helped him defeat  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison last year in the Texas gubernatorial primary. And  because Texas leads the nation in job creation, the recent national economic  numbers provide an instant rationale for his candidacy.

If Perry does indeed jump in the race, GOP primary voters will likely be  reminded of how conservatives were outraged when he signed an executive order in  2007, making Texas the first state in the nation to mandate Human papilloma  virus  (HPV) vaccinations for sixth-grade girls. They will be reminded that  he endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president in 2008. And, of course, his  controversial plans to create a Trans-Texas Corridor (which were finally dropped  after a large public outcry) would come up. Perry would also have to find a way  to
extricate himself from his important duties as head of the Republican  Governor’s Association (RGA).

But Perry would also be one of the most charismatic and likable candidates in  the field. That — coupled with his executive experience (he is now the longest  serving governor in the nation) — would make him an incredibly formidable  candidate. As Rush Limbaugh recently said, if Perry gets in, “it’s a brand-new  day, and it starts all over again.”