There was excellent news a couple of days ago….ah geez, I forgot what it was…..sorry could not resist…..the good news is that the state of Texas will have a new governor…..Rick Perry has decided not to run again….mostly likely to prepare for the 2017 presidential elections…..oops….2016.
(Newser) – As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting future plans.”
“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” he said, as per CNN; his move opens the door for longtime Texas AG Gregg Abbott. And it does nothing to quell speculation about a run in 2016, notes Politico. “I will spend the next 18 months working to create more jobs, opportunity, and innovation,” said Perry. “I will actively lead this great state. I’ll also pray and reflect and work to determine my own future path.” The AP has a timeline of Perry’s career here.
But the better news is that Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York, is trying to make a political comeback….this time as comptroller of the City of New York…..if you recall he was caught with a high priced hooker and forced to resign…..but after five years he will attempt a comeback….I mean if Sanford can do it, Wiener can do it, why not Spitzer?
A former attorney general known for being a Wall Street watchdog and in his own words a “steamroller,” Spitzer resigned in 2008 after reports surfaced that he had patronized a high-end prostitution group, Emperors Club VIP. No charges were ever brought against him.
“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in a telephone interview to The New York Times Sunday night. He plans to forgo the city’s public campaign funding and finance the campaign himself. He will need to garner 3,750 signatures by September in order to get on the ballot.
If he makes it on the ballot, Spitzer will arguably have the best name recognition on a ballot of otherwise local names: the top contender is Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who has already earned the endorsement of many in the New York City mayoral race in the hours since Spitzer’s announcement.
From what I know, Spitzer is a very capable person and his past is just that…his past…and whatever he did it is between him and his conscious….I mean if criminals like Vitter and Ensign can find room to still play politics…..why not Spitzer?