AUSTIN (KXAN) — Former governor and one-time Trump challenger Rick Perry has openly said he’s open to serving in a Donald Trump administration.
One of his tweets Wednesday made it sound like Perry may have been offered a position. He wrote, “Just got the call to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain. Saddle up and ride, bro”.
Perry’s press office tells us: no offer. He was just having a little fun.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick originally backed challenger Ted Cruz, before becoming chairman of Trump’s campaign in Texas. Patrick said he would decline any offer to serve in the White House, but would offer up plenty of Texas names.
Current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has also been floated as a possible agriculture secretary. Miller, who has a home in Austin, campaigned hard for Trump. But last week he took a public relations hit after an obscene reference to Hillary Clinton appeared on his Twitter account.
Congressman Michael McCaul is a contender for Homeland Security secretary or attorney general. The Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has advised Trump on foreign policy and national security, and he’s expressed interest in an executive post.
Trump mentioned Twitter-savvy Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett as a possible Supreme Court Nominee on a list released during the campaign. Willett though has been critical of the president-elect in his tweets.
Tea Party activist Katrina Pierson, from Garland, spent the last year as the Trump campaign’s national spokeswoman. There’s talk she could be asked to serve as press secretary or chief of staff.