Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller is reporting that several sources have told him that Perry is in the running. There were rumors that Perry was waiting for the Texas Legislature session to be over before making any decision. The Governor of Texas since 2000, Perry succeeded George W. Bush when he was elected to the White House.
Perry has made no overt signs that he is running. He stated that being Governor of the second-largest state in the country was 'the greatest job in the world.' However, the defections from Newt Gingrich's imploded campaign may work for him. Some of Gingrich's top advisors have previously worked with Perry and appear ready to do so again.
Dave Carney and Rob Johnson — the former top Perry aides who on Thursday left Newt Gingrich’s floundering campaign — are said to be heading to Texas soon to join in on preparations for the run. I am told this is now “ninety percent likely to occur.” Additionally, Perry allies have begun holding meetings in the state and have been instructed toIt's not clear what Perry's game will be. He definitely has the years to claim experience but it's not clear if he will run as a staunch conservative or be sympathetic to new laws regarding illegal immigrants. It's also not clear how his entry will change the race.
quietly reach out to contacts in early primary states.
The stars may have finally aligned for Perry, who, until recently, said he had no intentions of seeking the nomination. With no clear front runner emerging, and with Gingrich’s campaign dissolving, Perry could enter the field as a top-tier candidate, surrounded by the same team that helped him defeat Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison last year in the Texas gubernatorial primary. And because Texas leads the nation in job creation, the recent national economic numbers provide an instant rationale for his candidacy.
This could be big....