In Texas, Possible Perry Successor Biding His Time
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appears to be in no hurry to declare his candidacy for governor, even after amassing a huge campaign war chest and a sense of inevitability among conservatives who are confident he’d cruise to election.
Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he won’t seek a fourth full term in office next year while Abbott, who has been the state’s top cop since 2002, has made no secret he has long pined for the governor’s mansion. He has already raised $18 million-plus in campaign funds, more than three times Perry’s haul and enough to keep any other major Republican candidate from challenging him.
Yet Abbott’s advisers said Tuesday he won’t formally enter the governor’s race until at least next week.
That willingness to keep biding his time was on display Monday evening, when Abbott addressed thousands of abortion opponents who gathered at the Texas Capitol and wildly applauded his promises to keep fighting to restrict the procedure in Texas.
Abbott has unveiled a five-day tour beginning Sunday in San Antonio that will take him to much of the state, including Houston, El Paso and McAllen on the border with Mexico, and Wichita Falls, where Abbott was born. There also is a planned stop in the Dallas suburb of Duncanville where he grew up.