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Officially, he’s only “thinking” about it. But the resignation of two key Gingrich campaign execs, Dave Carney and Rob Johnson, seems to point to a Perry announcement soon. Both Carney and Johnson are old Perry hands.
As a prominent Texan with a longtime political infrastructure, not to mention a key finance perch atop the Republican Governors Association, Perry could gear up for a race more quickly than most of the top Republican politicians eyeing a presidential run.
Though he is widely regarded as the first nationally known politician to embrace the tea party movement with open arms, Perry could also be well-positioned to generate sufficient backing among members of the Republican establishment.
Perry is said to have a solid relationship with his predecessor at the RGA, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who declined to run for president himself.
And in an election that is almost certain to hinge on the economy, Perry is well-positioned to tout his record on creating jobs and keeping taxes low.
Perry’s an interesting guy. Stephen Hayes sums it up in 2 consecutive Tweets:
Perry advantages: TX economy, good looks, Tea Party cred, Rush Limbaugh likes him, and access to Big TX money.
Perry disadvantages: TX gov is weak, TX/Bush fatigue, can be undisciplined, not driven by ideas/policy, relatively soft GOP support in TX.
One way to stop this serious spiral is to take simple, direct action: cutting the mandate for corn-derived ethanol by at least 50%. While the mandate may have been a well-intentioned effort to move our country toward energy independence, it is doing more harm than good, and should be modified before it makes things even worse.
Perry’s record as a successful, sitting governor with major Tea Party credibility seems to spell trouble for the other Tea Party candidate in the race, Michele Bachmann. And I think it’s a real challenge to Sarah Palin. But it’s probably worse for Mitt Romney, who now has two successful governors running on the conservative executive platform. Hard to imagine Rick Perry trying PerryCare in Texas.
All of which is a good thing. What the Republican party needs right now is a good, robust primary season. WIth Rick Perry in the race, it will be even robust-er.