AUSTIN (AP) — The first diagnosed case of Ebola in the U.S. has presented Texas Gov. Rick Perry with another real-time leadership test to look presidential, or ineffective, on a national stage. Perry appears to be considering another run for the White House in 2016 and is not seeking re-election to another term as Texas governor. He has been trying to rehabilitate his political reputation since his 2011 “oops moment” during a nationally televised presidential debate.
Political observers say the Ebola case diagnosed in Dallas presents the Republican governor with the chance to show he can successfully lead an emergency response effort. But they also say Perry’s political fortunes could be weakened if the virus isn’t contained.