Historic change in Texas as Abbott sworn in as Governor

Rick Perry
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — While a lot of the focus Tuesday will be on the new leaders in Texas, there will be plenty of people thinking about the man leaving the governor’s mansion.

“I mean, really the end of an era,” said Matt Mackowiak, a Republican strategist. “If you’re in 8th grade you’ve known no other governor of Texas but Rick Perry from the day you were born.”

After 14 years in office, Perry suddenly has some time on his hands.

“Maybe he’ll relax a bit,” said Ben Philpott with KUT. “I think we all assume he is going to be announcing that he’s running for president at some point maybe in the early spring.”

Of course, in the next few months, he’ll be busy courting donors and building a team for his possible presidential campaign.

“He’s been studying to be president in a way,” said Jay Root with The Texas Tribune. “He’s had advisors come in and talk to him about foreign policy.”

But with an indictment hanging over his head, and that meltdown in his last presidential run, Perry will likely be challenged.

“And are you smart enough to be president of the United States?” Kasie Hunt asked Perry in an MSNBC interview.

“I think the standpoint of life’s experiences, running for the presidency’s not an I.Q. test,” Perry replied. “It is a test of an individual’s resolve.”

Either way, we’re waiting until late spring or early summer for the announcement that just about everyone knows is coming.

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