Following much anticipation, prediction and some doubt, Gov. Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term as governor.
A production crew played a campaign video ahead of Perry's speech, which lead most in the crowd to believe he was running for another term, but it was all for naught.
"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas," Perry said.
The longest sitting governor in Texas history, Gov. Rick Perry, announced he will not run for office for a fourth time this afternoon. Southern Methodist University Professor and foremost Texas political expert Cal Jillson joins us to talk about what this means for Perry and other state house races.
Paul Burka from Texas Monthly magazine, and author of the Burkablog also joins us to give perspective on the Perry Legacy.
We take a look forward to the 2014 election as there could be room for some new GOP faces in established state offices as campaign funding season kicks off in the middle of June. Fire ants have been the bane of every Texan's existence for a long time, but the stinging pests are now being displaced by crazy ants, which is a good and bad thing.
Taking a long view of the 2014 elections, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is predicting a "dust-up" for several key state positions including the lieutenant governor’s office.
"That’s where I believe I could be the most effective, if I were to run. And it’s not David Dewhurst, it’s not anti-Dewhurst, if I run it would be about my vision, my conservative vision for Texas, and that's what it's about, it has nothing to do with David Dewhurst," Patrick said.
Patrick said the lieutenant governor’s office isn't the only job where voters should expect a changing of the guard.
When word came last week that George P. Bush had filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to begin raising money for a political campaign, folks wondered if Bush – part of the Presidential Bush family – would go straight to the top and run for Governor in 2014.
A report in the Tampa Bay Times settled those speculation by confirming that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,sent out a fundraising appeal to donors this week asking them to support his son's potential run for Texas land commissioner.