Rick Perry Unknowingly Blesses Texas By Not Seeking Re-election
Matt | On 09, Jul 2013
I’m sure there are some progressives in Texas who turned a couple of cartwheels on Monday afternoon.
Gov. Rick Perry (R), a former presidential candidate, dropped some news on the people of his state that he would not seek re-election to the office he’s held since late 2000. He has decided to retire once his third term is complete in 2014.
Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history. To say that at least some people in Texas were ready for him to move on is an understatement. He has been a pretty conservative leader — in areas like the death penalty, and most recently, abortion. Despite the country’s move toward a more diverse electorate, Perry held strong to his conservative base and had no problem being elected in 2002, 2006, or 2010.
It was his 2012 presidential run that put him in the national spotlight — and not for many good reasons. Perry was the candidate of gaffes and fumbled information. He was also caught up in scandal about the name of a ranch associated with his family. The governor was the wrong candidate at the wrong time. He showed an inability to adjust to a political climate outside of Texas.
Observers think Perry will run for president again in 2016, though he hasn’t confirmed it publicly. He still hasn’t learned his lesson yet. How sad…
For now, Texans can rejoice in the fact that Perry won’t lead the Lone Star State much longer. It’s not that a Democrat may take his place, but at least Rick will ride off into the sunset.