Rick Perry is looking for a new job.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) announced Monday that he would not seek an unprecedented fourth full gubernatorial term. He previously served as George W. Bush’s lieutenant governor for the state, taking over the governor’s mansion in 2000, when Bush resigned to become president. He has since been elected for the state’s top post three times.
But Perry, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, left the door open Monday for a 2016 presidential run, saying that he would spend the remainder of his term leading “this great state” and praying and reflecting to “determine my own future path.”
I have no doubt whatsoever that he will try again for the presidency in 2016. His devastating attempt in 2012 that ended in Oops notwithstanding, he’s got a strong base in the right-wing nutsery, especially since he’s pushed through the special sessions in Texas and once again made himself the focus of the debate about everything that’s holy to the Religious Right.
It’s a foregone conclusion that he’s going to be seen at a lot of campaign rallies in the mid-terms next year and start fawning over maple syrup from New Hampshire.
PS: Steve M makes a good point: If Rick Perry runs, no one in the GOP is going to say that he is too old to run for the office. He’s only 63, unlike that old coot Hillary Clinton, who is 65.