Washington (CNN) - Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned.
Perry "will be making an announcement around mid-day in San Antonio concerning his exciting future plans," according to a "Save the Date" email obtained Tuesday by CNN. The announcement comes as Perry finds himself at the center of a high-profile legislative fight over abortion rights in his state.
"Please join his family and closest friends on July 8th," reads the email, which is being circulated to his political allies. "Details to follow."
Perry has long said he will make a decision about his political future after the conclusion of this year's legislative session, but because Democrats blocked the abortion measure with an attention-grabbing filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis last week, the governor was forced to call another session to tackle that issue and others.
Originally, Perry was supposed to announce his 2014 plans this week.
Most Texas political insiders don't expect Perry, who has held the state's top office since 2000, to run again, though many say he is considering another presidential run after his ill-fated 2012 effort.
As of the last financial reporting period, Perry, one of the Republican Party's top fundraisers, had just $6 million in his campaign war chest. The next Republican in line for the governorship, state Attorney General Greg Abbott, had $18 million.
But people close to Perry have also been reminding reporters in recent weeks that he has a knack for changing his mind.
"I don't think anyone knows what he is going to do until he gets up there and says it," Ray Sullivan, Perry's former chief-of-staff, when asked about next week's event.
Before seeking a third term in 2010, Perry said he was not going to run again before changing his mind and trouncing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in a titanic Republican primary fight. Perry said no to a presidential run for many months, before ultimately jumping into the race in August 2011.
Then, after saying he would suspend his campaign following a disappointing finish in the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Perry suddenly tweeted that he would continue on in South Carolina, which surprised many of his staffers.
Perry-watchers got a clue that he might be nearing an announcement about his latest plans earlier Tuesday, when a Texas radio host interviewing Perry about the special session said "we get a few more weeks before we start badgering you about your future plans."
Perry responded, "Yeah, or less even, we may let you know a little bit before that."
In 2012 I didn't really know who Rick Perry was..... I know now, and I would support him in a presidential run.
Rick Perry and the Bullies,Bigots,and Birthers in the Republican / Tea Party days in power will soon be over and they know it !! But watchout for the Bullies,and Bigots to put in place some realy nasty meanspirited laws before we can vote them out. So sad . What happened to the G.O.P. ?
Thank god he is staying in Texas, we sure don't want him in the Midwest.
Great news- this guy will make the 2016 Rep campaign a real jokefest.
I wonder what he is going to tell us? I really hope he is running again. Republican candidate theater was the best show on TV back in 2012. I hope there will be someone to replace Bachman as it seems she went just a wee bit too far with the crazy unfortunately.
hopefully he will remember what he is announcing. i hope the republicans support him for a presidential run. this is the next best thing to palin running
His decision will determine whether Texas could progress to the 19th century or fall back to the stone age. It is up to Texans.
Isn't there a term limit in that "god forsaken" state?? I was hoping he was going to say he going to crawl back under that rock he used to live under!! Well we can dream can't we!! Stupidest man in America next to old Georgie Bush!
Right about now, a brain dead right wingnut should write about term limits
Stay in Texas where they can keep electing you. And avoid making a fool of yourself in another general election.
"I don't think anyone knows what he is going to [say] until he gets up there and says it," Ray Sullivan, Perry's former chief-of-staff, when asked about next week's event.
How could they? Perry doesn't know what he's saying even as he's speaking.
Name the 3 branches of government Rick or have you forgotten that as well?
Who is Rick Perry? Is he married to Michelle Bachmann?
In 2012 I didn't really know who Rick Perry was..... I know now, and I would support him in a presidential run
Oops, it sounds like you've forgotten who Rick Perry really is.
I really hope he wins the Goober nomination and does run for President because he will be an even bigger joke than Mittens was!
I've come to respect a scary new truth; Rick Perry makes George W Bush look like a genius.
If he is governor of Texas, that means he's not President of the United States. And that is a good thing.
He makes GW look like a genius.
I agree completely with Rembant and Tom Legare and I should know, since I live in Texas, unfortunately.
I hope Perry remains active in GOP politics. This will remind Americans of what a mess the GOP is.
Please run for president again, Rick.
It was hilarious the first time, and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
As a resident of Texas for 24 years....he needs to go...NOW, along with the vast majority of those serving in the state legislature. Then just maybe this state can join the family of mankind.
Perhaps he will announce that he is coming out of the closet. With the recent Supreme Court decision he feels it's time.
Coming on the heels of trying to force an abortion bill through legislation.