Rick Perry Won't Seek Re-Election, Plans to Spend More Time with His Campaign Donors

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Rick Perry will not seek a fourth term as Texas governor, he announced this afternoon. He will spend the next 18 months "working to create more jobs" and will "pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path," he said.

He did not rule out another run for president, and the speech -- which focused largely on what he called "the strongest economy in the country" -- had that ol' Perry-as-candidate feel we've missed so much since he oopsed out of the 2012 Republican primary.

Perry, 63, made the announcement at a San Antonio Caterpillar dealership, either because he thought it had a cool metamorphosis-analogy thing goin' there or because it's owned by a big donor. (Update: It was the donor thing). The decision comes on the heels of a poll that seemed to indicate some Perry-related fatigue among the electorate.

In the days and weeks leading up to today's reveal, Perry seemed to be trying to tie his future to the abortion issue, quickly calling for a second special session to pass some of the country's toughest restrictions and going on Fox News to predict their passing. But today's speech focused heavily on the economy. His biggest applause break came when he bragged that he has "stopped all major tax hikes and kept the overall tax burden among the lowest in the nation."

"Texas is the new frontier," he said. "Texas is better positioned to take advantage of new economic opportunities than any other state."

But, he said, it was time for someone else -- he mentioned no names, of course -- to lead the state in seizing those opportunities. His time has simply come, he said, just like in the Book of Ecclesiastes, which he quoted at length:

"A time to be born, and a time to die, and a time to figure out these Super PAC things."

See also:
Rick Perry's Manufactured Miracle


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Joe Caldwell
Joe Caldwell

Ride into the sunset, old cowboy, you ve done your duty!!!!!!

Obummer
Obummer

Hillary misunderestimated me.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

We still are a ways off from electing a Democratic Governor, but I'm looking forward to a great future for Wendy Davis, as the demographics in Texas turn in our favor.  Meanwhile, we'll suffer through another neo-nazi.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I suppose we could always draft Hillary Clinton.  

Can you imagine what the economy, employment and the general misery index here in Texas would be if the red lipped, wide-eyed and laughing had been in charge for the past ten years? 

I’m glad to see Rick Perry go along with his braggadocio but let’s face it, he won and in his winning so did this state.  So what’s next?  Do we smirk our way to Gomorrah? 

This state is in the best financial position of the fifty-seven (ha!) and no matter which way we go from here, how about keeping the books straight.  Can we do that or must we plunge headlong into loose fiscal policy, lying to ourselves until we pull a Scarlet O’Hara? 

As for Perry: 

For most Northerners, Texas is the home of real men. The cowboys, the rednecks, the outspoken self-made right-wing millionaires strike us as either the best or worst examples of American manliness. . . . The ideal is not an illusion nor is it contemptible, no matter what damage it may have done. Many people who scorn it in conversation want to submit to it in bed. Those who believe machismo reeks of violence alone choose to forget it once stood for honor as well. - Edmund White (b. 1940), U.S. author. States of Desire: Travels in Gay America, ch. 5 (1980).

MattL11
MattL11

Great. Somehow, we'll end up with someone worse. It might not seem possible, but nobody ever lost a bet by underestimating the incompetence of the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary electorate.   

Adrienne Lopez
Adrienne Lopez

This gives me such joy in my heart every time i read it

Andrew Davis
Andrew Davis

I lift this Sam Adams beer in a toast to better days with out old Rick "oink oink" Perry If he thinks he could win president he is so , so wrong (rofl) He will never be president I hope we elect some 1 for marriage equality ! after all it is every Americans right to be seen equally in the eyes of their government ! '

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

The man did bring a lot of companies to Texas and did it well, for that, I am  thankful and glad he did his job in that dept. However, the catering to the right wing crazy train makes me not too sad to see him leave...but I assume he has plenty of backend deals to finally cash in on and really will never care what I think

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

He just wants to start collecting payment for services rendered, which is hard to do as a sitting governor even in Texas.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

I'm so happy about this, but then I realize that in 2014 we'll just get another idiot corrupt buttclown with an "R" by his name and then I get all depressed again.

Native Texans
Native Texans

Self entitled, antiquated Idiot!!! Great day for Texas. His embarressment will live on!!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

The rumors have been going around for over a decade, and off the record most Austin-American Statesman reporters that have been around for a while will say they have had more than enough for credible stories on it. But Perry is too well connected for anyone but alt-week lays or blogs to cover it, and the blog wasn't a huge player in the early ought '00s

ItzallGood
ItzallGood

That's the best news I've heard all year!  I may have to go out and have a celebratory margarita after work to mark the occasion!

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Ohhhhh, does this mean that the news will *finally* report publicly about the gay sexual liaisons we've all heard and known about for years but every mainstream publication won't touch because for fear of the wrath of Perry?

darrylrs
darrylrs

the big bad witch is dead! no more gov. good hair! who will the republicans dig up? please, no more idiots who deny evolution and who believe in a talking snake. 

Matt Baxter
Matt Baxter

all that means is they will replace him with someone new that hasn't already been discovered fucking us. So that he can start fucking us until we catch on again, and so on. Probably be a friend of his. Time to pass on the torch of legalized corruption to the next in line!

Jennifer Speight
Jennifer Speight

Ron Kerns...learn how the government ACTUALLY works. Congress is responsible for pretty much everything. The only thing that the President has control over is the military, and even then, he needs the permission of Congress to declare war and send in our troops. He can write and sponsor a bill, but it has to pass the House. Executive privilege isn't for everything; if it was, we'd have been living in a facsist theocracy by now.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@holmantx Prediction: The replacement Republican candidate will run a campaign even more to the right of Little Ricky to prove their bona fides with the true believers.  The Democrats will run their usual helter-skelter campaign and be steamrolled.

EastDallasP1
EastDallasP1

Remember that in Texas anyone can vote in either primary. Everyone should vote in the GOP primary for the most moderate choice.

MattL11
MattL11

*overestimating

Dammit. 

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@whocareswhatithink  

The governor of Texas has a fine bully pulpit.  The governor really can't do anything except appoint the agency heads that aren't elected.  The real political power lies with the Lt. governor and  the Speaker of  the House.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@CitzenKim not just any "R" buttclown, but one possibly worse than Perry, Abbott.  In the words of Adrian Beltre...OH SHIT

WylieH
WylieH

@Mudhoney No kidding... verging on the likes of an open secret at this point.  So the question is... when?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Sotiredofitall @holmantx 

Run Bill White again.  He's smart.  Real smart and is a fiscal conservative.

He just needs to lose the Exchanges/ACA and he'll beat Abbott.

WylieH
WylieH

@ItzallGood @Mudhoney Pretty much all over the place.  Was surprised nothing came out during his presidential run.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Read my comment.  I said the WORLD.  I know better.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@holmantx  Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker - Dems need to shake thing up and try to motivate all those who don't vote

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @holmantx

Many people have believed that they were Chosen, but none more baldly than the Texans. - Edward Hoagland (b. 1932), U.S. novelist, essayist. “Lament the Red Wolf,” in Sports Illustrated (New York, 14 Jan. 1974; repr. in Heart’s Desire, 1988).

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@holmantx Holman lives in the 19th century yesteryear of Hollywood cowboy myth.  The reality is that the world looks upon Texas men as stupid ignorant buffoons, thanks to the troglodytes Texans elect.

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