Aide: Hutchison planning to run for governor
By SUZANNE GAMBOA Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 04/01/2008 10:37:25 AM MDT
WASHINGTONSen. Kay Bailey Hutchison may be moving a
step closer to running for Texas governor.
The Corpus Christi Caller Times reported that
Hutchison spokesman Matt Mackowiak said last week that
she was planning to run for governor in 2010.
Hutchison has earlier said she was "considering" a run
Mackowiak declined comment Monday when asked by The
Associated Press about the remark.
She is serving her third term, which ends in 2012, and
has said it will be her last.
Bryan Eppstein, a consultant to Hutchison, said the
senator has said nothing new about her future. He
referred to a statement she made Friday saying she
would not make a formal announcement on her intentions
until after this November's elections.
"The statements that carry the most weight are the
statements from the senator herself," Eppstein said.
"No one in Texas assumes she's not running. Everyone
assumes she's running. There's a kind of a groundswell
to recruit Kay Bailey to run," Eppstein said.
Republican consultant Bill Miller agreed.
"It basically qualifies as the worst kept secret in
Texas," Miller said. "She's going to be a candidate.
She's the most popular elected official in the state
and she's a formidable foe for anybody. It's clear to
me and to others she's running."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is eligible to run for another
Hutchison considered taking on Perry in 2006, but
decided against what would then be a divisive primary
But if she runs in 2010, "there's not anyone who could
really make a case to me that this would be divisive
for the Republican Party in a way that would make me
step back," Hutchison has said.
Asked about Perry's possible run for a fourth term
last week, Hutchison said, "Whatever. I'm just going
to do what I'm going to do," according to the Fort
Hutchison's name has also been tossed about as a
possible running mate to Republican presidential
nominee John McCain. Hutchison has said she's not
seeking the job, but wouldn't turn it down if asked to
join the ticket.
McCain recently suggested she'd be better suited as
the state's governor. The Dallas Morning News reported
that while McCain was flying from Houston to Austin,
he greeted Hutchison with "Governor, good to see you."
The newspaper said she responded with: "I like the
sound of that," and a smile.
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