Rick Perry Will Not Seek Re-Election as Texas Governor
byFree Britneyat July 9, 2013 6:06 am
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014, ending his record-setting tenure as chiefexecutive of the Lone Star state."The time has come topass on the mantle of leadership," Perry, a Republican, said at a news conference in SanAntonio surrounded by supporters.Perry, 63, is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and has held the job since December 2000, when George W.Bush left to become president.Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a rising Republican Party star, has been making moves as though he will seek thegovernorship next year.Abbott praised Perry for keeping "Washington in check" and "preventing the heavy-hand of government from stiflingsmall businesses in Texas."Abbott, however, made no mention of his political future.Tom Pauken, Rick Perry's onetime appointee to the Texas Workforce Commission, is already seeking the GOPgubernatorial nomination next year.It's unclear who might run on the Democratic side.State Sen.Wendy Davisof Fort Worth, who rose to prominence with her recent filibuster of anabortion bill, said she'll
take a "second look" at the 2014 race.Perry left open the possibility that he would try again and run for the White House, saying any "future considerations" willbe announced "in due time."