In an exclusive interview with Texas’ KHOU News Governor Rick Perry boldly stated that Attorney General Greg Abbott has told him he will not seek the GOP nomination for Governor in 2014 if Perry should seek reelection once again.
The Abbott campaign entered into crisis mode following the interview and issued a public statement. “Gov. Perry and Gen. Abbott are close friends, and talk frequently,” wrote Abbott’s spokesman Eric Bearse. “I am not going to comment on private conversations I am not privy to. General Abbott is focused on taking care of the business of Texas, and political speculation right now is unproductive. The time for politics is after the legislative session.”
Someone’s not being completely honest here. However, in the likelihood that such an agreement exists, Governor Perry will can set sails for a smooth(er) path to the GOP nomination and his fourth term as Governor of Texas. Perry took office in December of 2000 and is already the state’s longest serving Governor.