New Hampshire envoys to visit Perry
July 27th, 2011
05:23 PM ET
11 years ago

New Hampshire envoys to visit Perry

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be wooed by yet another group of hopeful Republicans next week, when several New Hampshire GOP leaders travel to Austin for a meeting with the potential presidential contender.

Paul Young, a former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, told CNN he was working to organize the trip because New Hampshire conservatives have voiced "a high level of interest" in Perry.

"People are still looking for a conservative candidate who can win in November and Perry seems to fit that model," Young said, calling the governor an effective job creator.

News of the visit was first reported by The New Hampshire Journal.

Perry has been reaching out to activists in New Hampshire, as well as in Iowa and South Carolina, over the past several weeks as he weighs a potential campaign.

Two more state GOP officials told CNN they were invited to join the group but were unable to attend.

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas told CNN he was invited to join the group but had to decline due to prior commitments. Another GOP source told CNN that New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta was also unable to attend.

Both Gatsas and Guinta are being courted by several Republican White House hopefuls.

A charismatic figure with tea party appeal, Perry is expected to announce his decision in the coming weeks. Polls indicate the three-term governor would make waves in the Republican race by scooping up socially conservative voters and injecting fresh excitement into the nomination fight.

If he does decide to run, Perry would have to contend with political organizations his potential rivals have spent months building in New Hampshire, which hosts the first-in-the-nation primary.

CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Oh boy, another GOP creep is throwing his hat in the ring!

    July 27, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Debbie

    Is New Hampshire going to secede too! Yippy!

    July 27, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. Jim in San Mateo

    So how he wants to lead the country he wanted to secede from? That's just bizarre, even by Republican standards.

    July 27, 2011 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. vet in texas

    Once the nation sees the 26 billion budget deficit and the job creating texas unemployment at 8.2% along with his HPV vaccine mandate for teenage girls........Perry is through.

    Any of his followers, please look these things up and "refudiate" my above claims........he is a fraud also!

    July 27, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. NES10000

    It's unbelievalb that people like Perry, Palin, and Bachman even have backers! They have a limited view of the world and how it should run. They are dictators in the making.

    July 27, 2011 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Gothaze

    Its goes a little somethi
    ng like this. You will regret the day you ever uttered these same words in one sentence. Rick Perry for President. Im an ex-Texan and W. Was there reason I left. Perry is the reason I want go back. Oh dont forget Tx is 20 billion in debt. Just the guy for the job. REALLY!!!!!

    July 27, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Another Teapublican clown joins the group! What a hoot!

    July 27, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Malty

    Perry would be great, but Mitt Romney would be an awesome president. The media keeps trying to make it look like the GOP field is weak. Compare the GOP field to the 2008 democrat field: Obama (no experience - and it shows), Hillary (really?), John Edwards (soon to be on parole), Joe Biden (most laughable candidate ever)...

    The truth is that I'd rather have any of the top five GOP candidates in the White House than our current faux pas.

    July 27, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  9. Larry L

    Here in Texas we'd love to see this lying weasel move away. Texas dropped to 48th in education results since Governor "Hair" took over. He continually courts the Tea Party types and constantly tries to prove himself move right-wing than "W". Perry is quoted as saying the "Only book schools really need is the Bible". He also believes the earth to be less than 5000 years old. I'll bet Texas A&M is proud of the education rocket-boy received in College Station. He and Palin could produce some great looking kids... dumber than a bag of hammers but really great looking!

    July 27, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |