Make Checks Payable to “Perry for President Campaign”. Perry Prepares to Make It Official.

Bookmark and Share    The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza has obtained an email from Gene Powell, a key Perry supporter and  one of  Texas Governor Rick Perry’s appointees to the University of Texas board of regents.  In it Powell claims that that the Governor  “is expected to announce his presidential plans shortly after the Ames Straw Poll this coming weekend, and his supporters are already soliciting contributions for the campaign.”

The email states 

“We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and according to the Post, it  tells people to start writing checks today.

Powell’s missive also claims that the first Perry fundraiser will be held in San Antonio on September 1st.  It adds  that checks should be made out to the “Perry For President Campaign.”

Perry adviser David Carney denies that a final decision about Perry’s president bid has been made and he claims that the timeline indicated in Powell’s email is “not hard and fast”.  Translated in to non-bureaucratic language, that means Rick Perry is running but they have not yet determined exactly when the right time to make it official is.

Perry is one of two names that many voters have been waiting to hear a decision from.  The other name is Sarah Palin.  Palin has recently stated that she has not yet come to a final decision on a race for President.  According to her, she is waiting to see what the full field of Republican candidates have to offer and suggested that if the Republican field does not offer a suitable conservative, she may just run. 

Perry’s now probable entry in to the race may just be enough to answer Palin’s question.  Few candidates can compete with the Texas Governor’s conservative credentials, especially on fiscal matters, the economy and among the religious right who make up a large portion of the Republican base and whom Perry recently courted at a statewide prayer rally that called upon Americans to pray for our nation.

Perry’s entry in to the race will produce one of , if not the biggest splashes we have seen so far in the 2012 political waters.  His fundraising capability is seen as vast enough to compete with such people as frontrunner Mitt Romney, and his record on the number one issue of the day…..the economy, is to say the least, impressive.  Texas is one of only three states which has actually gained jobs since the recession began and under Perry it continues to have one of the few truly balanced budgets as well as a large rainy day fund.  And all without raising taxes. 

While Perry’s record as Governor of Texas may be enough to propel him to the White House, it is also one of the things that could keep him from winning the Oval Office.  For many voters, Rick Perry is seen as Bush-lite.  Perry was former Texas Governor George W. Bush’s Lieutenant Governor before Bush left Texas to become President. 

The most interesting shifts that Perry’s addition to the race will immediately has will be how he effects the poll numbers of Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney.  Up to now, Romney has been the longstanding frontrunner but ambivalence about his conservative credentials have allowed Minnesota Congresswoman to gain significant early ground.  Which one Perry initially takes support away from could be very telling and in the case of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty whose campaign is stuck in perpetual stagnation in the back of the field, Perry’s entry in to the race could be the death knell. 

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