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."
Rick Perry announces he is running for...uh, he doesn't remember what he's running for. Oops.
If Texas didn't have oil, it'd be just another "red" state draining away funds from "blue" states ...
he is a bufoon!
Please let the announcement be: "I will now force my mother to have an abortion of me in the 193rd trimester by killing myself." -Rick Perry
Pray Away the Kray!
This IDIOT needs to go. NOW.
As long as he does it in and to texas, who cares what he does?
Gotta love bible bangers, they make for great comedy.
How many of you bible lovers follow this rule:
A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed.
(Deuteronomy 22: 13-21)
If you truly believed in god, wouldn't you follow all of his rules? Don't do things half-ass when it comes to your god. We gotta be righteous people....
Howdy. You're kidding, right? The state ranked last in education, in availability of public resources, underused human capital, lower wages?
Thank you for advocating for abortion. Your reasoning speaks volumes about the red states and the blue states. It's not about how many kids you can have, but how many you can responsibly nurture and educate.
Announcing 6 more years of hate! Now is your chance to contribute. In return receive a one way free ride on the bigot bus. First and only stop, fanatical crazy town. Please watch your step.
he's running for president of the living room couch.
As a Republican Texan, I hope he doesn't try to run again because we're downright sick of him, his religion-based political agenda and his plain stupidity. I will vote for anyone else, even a democrat if they stand on good platforms, to get his lousy *ss out of office here.
Rick, run for president again, it was so much fun! That way you'll be out of public office. You know you can't beat Wendy Davis! The state is beginning to see the light.
Wendy Davis the next Governor of Texas!!!!!!
He's never waken up from his dream.
He's going to announce that he'll be joining the new FAUX TV "RICK & SARAH – Talking (Empty) Heads"
With dumbos like this, Texas deserves whatever it gets.
He's running for Josh Brolin look-a-like.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on all of us. Fool me four times, well, just shoot me!
Who cares? It's Texas
I saw this headline and thought, HOPEFULLY HE'S ANNOUCING HE WON'T RUN.....He's got to go.
To the chagrin of the lefties, if Perry decides to run again, he will win again. We had 100 years of corrupt Democratic rule... and won't again soon.
I hope the people IN Texas won't be that DUMB and reelected this man.
I'm loving these responses today people...... Carry on.
Thanks for the laughs!!
As a former Texan, I can only hope that Perry packs up his bible and his prejudices and goes away, leaving room for an honest Conservative rather than these bigoted, self-righteous, nuts who infiltrated the GOP fifteen or twenty years ago. It escapes me how any party can claim to stand for small government and individual freedom while simultaneously trying to have government impose "morality" by law.
Dear God, please help us get that man out of this state.