Rick Perry Announces He Will Not Seek Re-election for Governor of Texas

perry1July 8, 2013, the day which Texans received some great news, Rick Perry will not seek re-election for Governor of Texas in 2014.

On this Monday afternoon in San Antonio, it took about 5-8 minutes of Rick Perry drooling over himself and what he calls “accomplishments” (though he conveniently forgot to mention 1 in 5 Texas children living in poverty, or how poorly Texas ranks in education nationally), but Rick Perry gave the news millions of Texans were hoping for…

He will not seek re-election.

Though he did leave a hint that he’s still considering a possible Presidential run in 2016, saying that he wouldn’t close the door on future possibilities and he would look into them all.  An obvious hint that he’s considering a second run for President—which would effectively end his political career, since there’s no chance he’d even get the nomination much less win in a national election.

Watching this man toot his own horn, while saying being governor has been “humbling,” was the perfect hypocritical mixture to summarize the party for which Rick Perry represents.

His arrogance was on full display as he couldn’t help but seemingly pat himself on the back, while leaving out the endless list where Texas ranks near the bottom—such as citizens with health care.

And while he boasted about his jobs record, he failed to mention how many of them were minimum wage jobs or jobs that are tied to Texas’ natural resources (which he had nothing to do with).  Unless he wants to try and claim that he’s the reason why Texas has a lot of oil and natural gas.  Which honestly wouldn’t shock me one bit if he did claim that.

But in his announcement today, it opens the door for Texas to reclaim sanity.  Soon will be gone the man who seems to think small government means telling a woman what to do with her own body.  The man who believes investing in education by cutting education makes for good policy and improves Texas schools.  In just a year and a half Texas will finally be free of the man who claims to be “pro-life,” yet brags about how many inmates his state has executed.

While this announcement is great news for people who despise Rick Perry, it’s just the dawn of a new effort Texas Democrats must embark on to put ourselves in the best position to reclaim the Texas Governor’s Mansion.

We can take this day to celebrate the official countdown to the end of Rick Perry’s long, horrible rule over Texas, but we also must remember there’s still work to be done.

Texas Democrats must fight like never before.  We must take this opportunity to organize the best message, find the best candidates (be it Wendy Davis or someone else) and get Democrats energized to vote.

Because on this day, Monday July 8, 2013, Texans (and Americans all across this country) finally heard the words we were hoping to hear from Rick Perry..

He will not seek re-election.

Now it’s up to us to build on this great news and turn this state blue in 2014.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Tillmann Puschka

    hmmm- wonder what he did to prompt this decision?

    • Jealith

      Got a whole lot of Women MAD at him? lol. He never would have been re elected after what he’s pulled.

  • spruett15

    Well…if that ain’t the best news I’ve heard today!!! And I don’t even live in Texas. Pray for sanity to return!

    • Sams__Computer

      Yiiiiii..Haaa! Hi Y’all! – Ain’t This The Greatest News in Years! — From the day Rick Perry was elected till Now — AND:

      I hope He runs for President again – But ONLY To remind America Once Again, How Utterly Ignorant, Stupid, Dumb and Unqualified Perry is to be in any Political Office. If Perry inflicts Himself upon America again it will do further damage to the GOP & Loads of Comic Relief & Even more bizarre He gets Nominated & Runs with one Sara Palin as Vice President. A new Texas & American Holiday:

      A New – INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY – We’re Free again, Free again, Thank God Almighty we’re Free Again ( Of Rick Perry ).

      WENDY DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS!

  • MortJack

    Since he’s pissed off every woman in Texas, he doesn’t stand a chance in hell of getting re-elected anyway. Good riddance.

  • Angela Brown

    I am from Texas and this is the BEST NEWS EVER!!!! RICK PERRY SUCKS!!!!
    We have overcrowded jails b/c they throw people in jail for petty bullshit and no money for school books!!! Best part about all of it is not looking at his face!!! Thank you Jesus.

  • Shawn

    So, Rick Perry CAN read the writing on the wall. That’s a hell of a lot more than I gave him credit for.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  • Jeremy Elstein

    this is Texas’s birthday present to America, I’m sure of it.

  • srsmith

    Congratulations Texas, this is a great day!

  • JenniferAnn

    My prayer has been answered! Thank Goddess, thank God, thank everything! Now that the trash has been cleared, us Texans need to do everything within our power to ensure we don’t wind up with another ass just as bad, if not worse, than the one blessedly leaving.

  • Roland Olson

    So does the gas just bubble up out of the earth? Its obvious some of you folks have a snootfull….

  • David P. Turnbole

    Rick (oops) Perry, the joke of the Teathugligoon party. Oh please let him run!! The Democrats could choose a kangaroo, (if it was born in the United States or was from at least one American parent) and it would beat him.

  • Sams__Computer

    Yiiiiii..Haaa! – Hi Y’all! – Ain’t This The Greatest News in Years! — From the day Rick Perry was elected till Now — AND:

    I hope He runs for President again – But ONLY To remind America Once Again, How Utterly Ignorant, Stupid, Dumb and Unqualified Perry is to be in any Political Office. If Perry inflicts Himself upon America again it will do further damage to the GOP & Loads of Comic Relief for all. Even more bizarre – IF Perry gets Nominated & Runs with one Sara Palin as Vice President that can be a great new Situation Comedy or Movie. I Hereby announce – A new Texas & American Holiday:

    A New – INDEPENDENCE HOLIDAY – We’re Free again, Free again, Thank God Almighty we’re Free Again ( Of Rick Perry ).

    WENDY DAVIS FOR GOVERNOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS!

  • Baaly

    If my pot holed, cracked up Texas street was safe to walk upon without the fear of falling into a massive pit, I’d go dance in it.

  • Scott Jones

    Now if only our governor, Jan Brewer, would do the same thing. But it is a great day in Texas.

  • marty

    Hooray! I hope he dies in a fire!

  • katherine norton malek

    Best decision he ever made. The ONLY positive thing he’s done for Texans.