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GOP Strategist Matt Mackowiak Predicts Governor Rick Perry Will Not Run For Governor Again [AUDIO]

Matt Mackowiak

On the Monday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, GOP strategist and co-founder of Matt Mackowiak talked with Chad Hasty about the latest going on statewide and nationally.

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It’s a big day for Texas politics, as Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to make a big announcement concerning his political future at 1 PM today in San Antonio. Although various rumors have been circulating for weeks about what his announcement could be, many believe the the governor could be announcing the start of another presidential campaign. However, Mackowiak predicts that the announcement will revolve around Perry not running for governor of Texas again, and instead backing Texas attorney general Greg Abbott for the position, adding that Perry may want more time to prepare for another run at the presidency.

“My belief is he’s very comfortable with the idea of Greg Abbott taking over as governor after him. And if he really wants to give the presidency another chance, with the appropriate build-up and time and study, and if he feels as strongly about the Texas model, about state sovereignty and states competing, as he did a couple of years ago when he first ran, then I think he’d be a better candidate for President next time around if he doesn’t get in late and prepares. So I think the most likely thing today is he will announce he’s not running for re-election and give sort of a tip of the hat to Greg Abbott…”

Mackowiak added that Perry’s last run as the presidency “left a bad taste in his mouth,” and that if did indeed run again, it would be for redemption.

However, he added that there is also the possibility of Perry fooling everyone and announcing he’ll run for governor again, at which point Mackowiak said “all hell would break loose.” In that case, Perry may face the possibility of running against Abbott for the governorship, but Mackowiak predicted that scenario would be very unlikely.

You can listen to Matt Mackoiwak Mondays at 9:35 during The Chad Hasty Show on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at You can also follow Mackowiak on Twitter: @MattMackowiak.

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