Rick Perry, who’s been the Governor of Texas for nearly 13 years, said he’ll conclude his reign (of terror) and not seek re-election in 2014. Perry is infamous for forgetting one of the three departments he said he would cut as President of the United States during a 2011 Republican primary debate, a faux pas he later blamed on pain killers prescribed after back surgery.
More recently, Perry and Republican lawmakers have been in an embittered battle with activists and Texas state Senator Wendy Davis over women’s reproductive rights. Davis, along with a state capital building full of protesters, successfully filibustered a far-reaching bill that would have shut down all but six low-income women’s health clinics in the state after which Perry made disparaging comments suggesting that Davis should take an anti-choice stance since she was not aborted by her teenage mother. After a subsequent backlash from Davis and pro-choice women from around the world, Perry insisted the remarks were meant as a compliment.
The Texas governor made an announcement earlier today, saying,
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today I’m announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas. I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity and innovation I will actively lead this great state. And I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future.”
America isn’t quite out of the woods yet though. Rick “Yosemite Sam” Perry said another run for the White House in 2016 isn’t out of the question. Of course, it would make the debates a rootin’tootin’ great time if he did decide to run for POTUS again. R. Perry vs. H. Clinton…now that we’d love to see!
Watch Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement here: