Gov. Perry held a final fundraiser last night at the Austin Club for his state officeholder account. On Saturday, he will make it clear in South Carolina that he is running for the Republican Presidential nomination.
The Governor appeared relaxed and slowly worked the room speaking to each person individually for a minute or two. Most of the attendees were long-time supporters of the Governor. After shaking everyone's hand for over an hour, the Governor then made some brief remarks. He opened by noting that in December 1998, he attended a reception in this same Austin Club room and Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock turned to him and said that Gov. George W. Bush was going to be President. It was the first time anyone had said that to him, and the Governor happened to be standing in that exact spot again last night.
After speaking for a few minutes, he then called Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman to his side. The Governor thanked Commissioner Smitherman for his public service since 2004 on the PUC and the Railroad Commission, endorsed him, and called on his friends and supporters to assist Commissioner Smitherman in his upcoming election.
As the Governor concluded, it struck me that his remarks had a valedictory feel to them: It is clear the Governor intends to win.