In the midst of a national book tour, Rick Perry´s continous assurances that he was not interested in running for president had been met with a wink and a nod by many. No matter what he said, his aggressive actions to raise his national profile seemed to speak louder than words.
Now, after the announcement that Perry will lead the Republican Governors` Association, it seems that Perry may really skip the presidential race after all. As Jonathan Martin of Politico reported, it would be next to impossible for Perry to raise money and direct his party´s efforts in the 2011 contests in Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky while simultaneously running a presidential campaign.
Perry, who had a previous stint at the RGA that ended in 2008, replaces Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Barbour is widely considered to be considering a run for the presidency as well. Martin also reported that longtime Perry consultant Dave Carney would likely play an “important role” at the RGA.