Oh Rick, I warned you that the “hipster glasses” were not going to fool anyone. Gov. Rick Perry and his Superman disguise.
Governor Goodhair Rick Perry, whose campaign is flat broke and his unpaid staffers have been jumping to other campaigns like rats jump from a sinking ship, finally accepted the inevitable today — the winnowing of the GOP field has begun.
POLITICO Tiger Beat on The Potomac reports, Rick Perry abandons presidential run:
Former Texas governor Rick Perry on Friday said he is suspending his campaign, becoming the first Republican candidate to drop out of the crowded race for the White House.
Perry had struggled to raise money and gain traction in what was his second attempt at a presidential bid, following a failed run in 2012.
“I share this news with no regrets,” Perry said, according to the text. “It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics. And as I approach the next chapter in life, I do so with the love of my life by my side, Anita Perry. We have our house in the country, we have two beautiful children and two adorable grandchildren, four dogs, and the best sunset from our front porch that you could ever imagine. Life is good. And I am a blessed man.”
Perry, who was the longest-serving governor in Texas history, entered the 2016 race determined to rehabilitate his image after a disastrous 2012 bid. This time around, he sought to broadcast a serious, sometimes wonkish understanding of policy issues, particularly foreign policy.
Despite demonstrating new depth, along with strong retail politicking skills and the ability to deliver a fiery speech, he stumbled amid fundraising woes, and at one point this summer stopped paying his staff, resulting in an exodus after the campaign gave permission for aides to look elsewhere.
“Oops!” Now Governor Goodhair can devote his time to defending himself against charges of political corruption at trial. Rick Perry Loses, Ordered To Stand Trial For Felony Abuse of Power.