Rick Perry, the governor of Texas whose reputation has never recovered from his inept presidential campaign, says he won’t be running for re-election in 2015. “The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership,” Perry told his supporters Monday.
What he won’t be passing on is the mantle of homophobia, which Perry will continue to clutch tightly about himself. Just to prove it, among the achievements he cited in the speech announcing that wouldn’t run for governor again: “We have protected the sanctity of marriage.” By denying the sanctity of marriage to same-sex couples.
Perry may be considering a run for president again in 2016, proving that he learned nothing from the epic face plant that was his last presidential campaign. In the meantime, with Perry gone, the field just opened up for both parties in the next gubernatorial race. Perry’s departure may also give a boost to state Sen. Wendy Davis, who shot to national attention late last month by single-handedly derailing a bill to restrict access to abortion. Another name being bruited about is openly lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker. While the race may not offer as many laughs with Perry out of the running, it still promises to be interesting.