Rick Perry will not seek re-election next year

Posted Jul 8, 2013 by Michael Thomas
Rick Perry, Texas' longest-serving governor, announced Monday that he will not seek re-election in 2014. He also plans to retire, though he has left open the possibility of running for president again.
Texas Governor Rick Perry
Texas Governor Rick Perry
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The 63-year-old Republican governor made the announcement from San Antonio on Monday, BBC News reports.
Many believe that Gregg Abbott, Texas' Attorney General, to be the top contender in the next race to become the state's next governor. Though Abbott has won state elections five times, he recently released a video narrated by actor Fred Thompson, in which Abbott introduces himself to voters.
Yesterday, Dallas News reported that Texas is about to undergo a huge political shuffle, as numerous politicians run for different office positions or retire.
Perry added that he is still focused on his remaining 18 months as the governor. One pressing issue for him is a special section of Texas legislature as it decides whether or not to ban abortions after 20 weeks, a cause brought into the limelight during Wendy Davis' marathon filibuster.
Rick Perry is probably best known for failed 2011 presidential bid. During a televised debate, he mentioned how he wanted to eliminate three federal agencies, but muttered "Oops" when he couldn't remember the name of the third.
He also stirred up controversy with an ad in which he promised to end President Barack Obama's "war on religion" and lamented the fact that "gays can serve openly in the military."
USA Today quoted a political science professor, Cal Jillson, who said that should Perry go for the presidential bid, he needs to do it without the worries of office.
"If he plans to run for president again," Jillison said, "He needs to be free of the governor's office so he can give his full attention to putting together a top-flight campaign team and prepare himself substantively, especially on foreign policy and national security issues."