AUSTIN (Nexstar) — A group of Rick Perry supporters created a new super PAC called “Bring Leadership Back PAC”, urging the former Texas governor to re-enter the 2016 presidential race.
“I actually believe that people will see him with brand new eyes once he comes back,” Ginger Howard, the head of this effort and chairperson of Perry’s former campaign said. “We are so strongly supporting him and believing this or we would not be doing this.”
Since dropping out of the race in early September, Perry has made no indication of wanting to resume his campaign. He has posted several pictures to social media of how he has been spending his time off, including a road trip through California and spending time with his family at his home in Round Top. However, Howard and his supporters believe that will change.
“I think if he sees that there is a game plan, that there is a team in place, and that money will come,” Howard said, “I believe he will say yes.”
Before suspending his campaign, Perry was struggling to keep up with his Republican colleagues in the polls. Perry didn’t gain enough support to make the cut for the first Republican Presidential Debate in August. A few days later, his campaign announced it was struggling financially and decided to temporarily stop paying its staff.
Howard said the tip of the iceberg for Perry was his ongoing abuse-of-power indictment against him, which she says will finally be put to rest.
“There were so many candidates at first and all of this talk with his indictment looming over his head, which is going to be cleared any minute. … Now’s the time for him to come back. But we’ve got to convince him, so right now that is our goal, to get him to know that there is a huge ground swell.”
If Perry were to re-enter the race, he already missed the filing deadlines to get on the ballot for South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. Howard said she doesn’t think this would hold him back among his Republican contenders because there are always “write-in” opportunities on the ballots.
“If they want to recruit a candidate like Governor Perry to get back in, there are big hurdles that you just can’t miss,” Political consultant Todd Olsen said. “So, they have to move fast.”
Olsen said even with the support they have rallied a historic comeback for Perry is unlikely.
“This group of voters that are of Perry supporters are going to have to be able to raise enough money and raise enough ruckus among the grassroots to create a groundswell,” Olsen said, “and that is nearly impossible, but what a story it would be if they were able to do it.”