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.
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