Several media reports are indicating that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seriously considering running for president. The resignation of top staffers to Newt Gingrich, including several with close ties to Perry, have added fuel to the speculation.
Real Clear Politics reporters Erin McPike and Scott Conroy write:
(A) source close to Perry's political team told RealClearPolitics on Thursday afternoon that the Texas governor is "leaning toward getting in" to the race.
Two of Perry's longtime political aides, Dave Carney and Rob Johnson, were among the large group of advisers who announced Thursday that they were leaving Gingrich's team. Carney has been a top political adviser to Perry for 14 years and continues to counsel him, and Johnson managed his most recent gubernatorial campaign.
Republican insiders expect that both advisers would join a Perry presidential effort if he were to launch one.
CBS also reported that, "Texas Governor Rick Perry is 'serious' about making a run for the White House," citing "sources close to Perry."
This all jives with a Wall Street Journal report:
(O)ver the past two weeks, political advisers and friends say, Mr. Perry has changed his tune on a possible presidential campaign. In private conversations, they say, the three-term governor said he worries that the current GOP contenders have yet to stir real excitement within the party and may struggle when facing President Barack Obama.
"He thinks there is a void [in the current field of candidates], and that he might be uniquely positioned to fill that void," said one Perry confidant who talked to the governor last week.