Rick Perry 'Sees Void,' Making 2012 Plans

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 04:17 PM

By Martin Gould

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving closer to a run for the Republican presidential nomination after his top two advisers quit Newt Gingrich’s campaign today.

Members of Perry’s team told today’s Wall Street Journal that the governor now is considering a run, but that he would not do so without political adviser David Carney and former campaign manager Rob Johnson by his side. Both had joined Gingrich after Perry said he would not run.

Rick Perry, Texas Governor, president, Gingrich
Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants David Carney and Rob Johnson by his side, and now they're free. (Getty Images Photo)
Today’s news that Carney and Johnson are among a slew of people who have left Gingrich’s team means that Perry is now ideally placed to join the pack, even though Carney said his resignation was “totally unrelated to Rick Perry.”

After months of denying that he was interested in moving from the State House in Austin to the White House, Perry said he would think about running after Memorial Day. Now, just 10 days after the holiday, he is starting to make noises that would suggest a run.

The Journal quoted one ally as saying that Perry now realizes how pivotal the 2012 election will be and that there is a void among the current crop of declared and undeclared candidates.

A CNN Poll that the Journal cited pointed out that 39 percent of Republicans are either “not very satisfied” or “not at all satisfied” with the GOP field.

Perry, who is popular with the tea party for standing up for states’ rights, his stance against illegal immigration and his opposition to Obamacare, can point to the success he has had in bringing employment to Texans; the state has seen more jobs created in recent years than any other.

He has been making moves on the national stage with an address due next week to the annual dinner of the New York Republican Party. He also invited the country’s 49 other governors to a day of prayer and fasting in Houston on Aug. 6.

Several political commentators have said in recent weeks that they believe a “dark horse” candidate, most likely a sitting governor, would enter the Republican field late and carry the day. Perry, 61, would seem to fit that profile.

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