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By W. Gardner Selby December 6, 2012

Perry on track to serve full gubernatorial term

In August 2011, we rated as Broken a 2010 promise by Gov. Rick Perry not to run for president.

He ran--and if he'd won, he would have resigned to go to Washington.

But Perry dropped his candidacy after falling short of expectations, saying at a Jan. 19, 2012, announcement in South Carolina that he would leave the campaign trail and return home to Texas. His prepared remarks closed: "So now the journey leads us back to Texas, neither discouraged nor disenchanted, but instead rewarded for the experience and resolute to remain in the arena and in the service of a great nation... I have only begun to fight.”

We did not gauge then whether Perry, who succeeded George W. Bush as governor in December 2000, was simultaneously refreshing his January 2010 vow to "absolutely” serve his third full four-year gubernatorial term, extending through 2014.

However, we've since seen no sign he's intending to step down early.

Perry, the longest-serving Texas governor in history, might even seek another term, blog posts and news reports suggest.

In April 2012, after Paul Burka of Texas Monthly wrote that Perry had told guests at a fundraiser that he would run again for governor, Perry spokeswoman Catherine Frazier was quoted on the ABC News political blog, "The Note,” as saying: "The governor's conservative policy development, job creation efforts and strong political organization point to another run for governor in 2014. Any such announcement will be made publicly at the appropriate time.”

On Aug. 19, 2012, the Associated Press noted in a news story that Perry had quietly replenished his state campaign kitty since dropping his bid for president, retaining $3.3 million in cash on hand.

For his part, Perry said in October 2012 he would announce his electoral intentions in June 2013, after the six-month regular legislative session, according to a Texas Tribune account. "I have said time after time that come June, I would give you all a road map to what my intentions are, relative to my run for re-election,” Perry told reporters.

So, will Perry complete his term?

It looks like it, but about two years remain. We rate this previously unrated promise as In the Works.

Our Sources

Transcript, remarks on withdrawal of candidacy for president by Gov. Rick Perry, Jan. 19, 2011 (posted by the Houston Chronicle)

Blog post, "Perry tells fundraiser crowd he"s running in 2014," Burkablog, Texas Monthly, April 11, 2012

News blog post, "Signs Point to 2014 Gubernatorial Run for Rick Perry,",  The Note, ABC News, April 11, 2012

News article, "Perry's fundraising fuels re-election speculation," The Associated Press, Aug. 19, 2012

Commentary, "Governor"s Chief Aide Misunderstands Plans for 2014, Helpfully," Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune, Oct. 20, 2012

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