Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.
Perry “will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans,” according to a “Save the Date” email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.
“Please join his family and closest friends on July 8th,” reads the email, which is being circulated to his political allies. “Details to follow.”
Perry has long said he will make a decision about his political future after the conclusion of this year’s legislative session, but because Democrats blocked the abortion measure with an attention-grabbing filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis last week, the governor was forced to call another session to tackle that issue and others.
Originally, Perry was supposed to announce his 2014 plans this week.
Anyone want to guess what the announcement will be? Perhaps it’s one of the following:
1. He expects to receive millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince that had emailed him asking for his assistance. The money will be used to help lure businesses from New York and California.
2. He’s the new spokesmodel for BrylCreem.
3. He will be selling all his possessions and giving the money to the poor, just as Jesus instructed his followers to do in the Bible.
Ha ha, no. He’d never do any of those ridiculous things. The speculation there and in the Trib and the Chron is that he will be announcing that he is not running for re-election in 2014 but will be launching another Presidential campaign. I’ve heard something similar from a friend who has some insider connections, and who also said that Greg Abbott will follow that up the week after with the least surprising news in the world about his candidacy to succeed Perry. Are you excited yet? Campos, who has some other career suggestions for Perry, Texpatriate, Jason Stanford, Juanita, and Concerned Citizens have more.