Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Tells Donors He'll Run for Governor

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Greg Abbott, our terrible Attorney General who has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous lawsuits against health insurance and environmental protection, has told donors he will run for governor, according to a Republican source.

Due to the legislative moratorium on fundraising, Abbott (and Perry) stopped accepting campaign donations on December 8th of last year, and can begin raising money again on June 17. The Republican source told News 8 that Abbott has told big donors looking to support him in a run for governor that he will run so they can expect to fund him at the end of the year.

This is big news for the 2014 governor's race in two ways. First, Abbott said as recently as six months ago that he'd wait to hear from Perry. In September, Perry said he'd announce whether he's running for re-election in June of 2013. The second reason this is such big news is because Greg Abbott and Rick Perry have the same donor pool. If Abbott is taking away many of Perry's donors, that weakens Perry significantly.

And Perry is already in a bad position against Abbott. “At the midpoint of 2012, Abbott already had $14.5 million on hand, according to the finance records he's filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Perry has just $3.4 million,” WFAA explains. Additionally, Perry is looking very wobbly in the polls after his hilarious run for president and failed backing of David Dewhurst for Senate. BOR's own poll this May showed Perry leading Abbott by only 7 percentage points, 42-35, with 16 percent undecided and 7 percent supporting someone else.

Those are very bad numbers for an incumbent, especially because Perry is so far below 50 percent. If Abbott can run convincingly to the right of Perry, he'll enjoy much, more more success than the completely unknown Debra Medina did when she significantly destabilized the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary. And he probably won't make the mistake of insinuating that 9/11 may have been an inside job like Medina did.A previous version of this post misstated the legislative fundraising moratorium.

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it affects every other issue in American politics. He is currently on leave for the election season.

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