Rick Perry Puts Off Talk of 2016 as Tenure Ends

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At inauguration, Abbott expected to focus on biography.

There is something every man and woman holding appointive office in Texas shares, whether sitting on the Supreme Court or serving on the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners. For the biggest day of her husband’s political career to date, Greg Abbott’s inauguration as Texas governor, his wife, Cecilia, turned to another Latina, Austin-based designer Laura Gonzalez, to dress her.Organizers want to raise $4 million in ticket sales and private donations for the celebration, a record amount in the state for inaugurating a governor. The family was invited to the inauguration and is excited about witnessing history. “To be able to say afterwards ‘remember when’ and also to go back and share it with my classroom and three other classrooms because we’re taking pictures and they showed everyone the invitation before they came,” said Julie Gray. “They love Texas history. For the oath of office ceremony, Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the South Steps of the State Capitol, Cecilia Abbott will wear a red princess cut, wool cashmere, knee-length dress and coat richly embroidered with Alençon lace, a distinctive braided trim and silk organza leaves.

Rick Perry sat in his nearly empty office here on Monday, coatless in blue shirt sleeves, as he talked about his record-breaking 14 years in office and said he would decide within five months whether to run for president again. “I think most people think we’re probably going to run, but we’ll announce our intentions in May or June,” Mr. He’s in the 4th grade and that’s when he will get to go to the Capitol and we all love history and we thought we would come and do it.” Just down from the capitol steps, crews have already set up large tents for a big barbecue lunch afterwards, where they are expecting to serve as many as 17,000 people. (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. He is expected to focus on his biography in his first speech as the state’s 48th governor. (Patrick Svitek/Houston Chronicle) AUSTIN — Gov.-elect Greg Abbott’s personal story, which played a starring role in his gubernatorial campaign, is expected to be front and center again Tuesday in his first speech as Texas’ 48th chief executive.

Her evening ball gown is made of a scarlet peau de soie silk satin and Spanish guipure lace embellished with Swarovski crystals, various ruby colored beads and enhanced with gold and rhinestone accents. That is one reason his influence will linger for some time, even as Perry leaves office Tuesday after a record 14-plus years as Texas’ chief executive. The speech, which is clocking in at about 17 minutes without applause, largely will eschew policy and politics for biography and faith, according to a source familiar with his remarks. The combination of those ubiquitous appointments and Perry’s longevity helped transform the governor’s office from a weakling under the state Constitution to a political powerhouse, helping launch Perry on a second White House bid and offering his successor, fellow Republican Greg Abbott, a strong foundation on which to cement the state’s assertively conservative policies — not to mention the GOP’s political dominance for years to come. I’ve been very forthright with my intentions to do the preparatory work that’s required, and we’ve done that.” During an interview in his second-floor office at the Texas Capitol, Mr.

Raised in a family of four children in San Antonio by educator parents, she entered University of Texas in 1978. “I made many great friends,” she said. “One of them was a boy from Duncanville named Greg. That will be followed by a sprawling barbecue lunch, catered by Eddie Deen, who has whipped up similar fixins for previous governors Rick Perry and George W. On the campaign trail, he spoke at length about not letting a paralyzing accident decades ago keep him from ascending to the state’s highest office. We were friends first, and I knew that my parents would love him for his sense of humor.” The couple got married the week before he started law school. “Our honeymoon was basically a week-long road trip in a Datsun B210 that we named ‘Cloud,’” Abbott told FNL. “After Greg finished law school, we headed to Houston, where he would prepare for the bar exam and go to work, so we could pursue our dreams. Perhaps the biggest mistake was a failed attempt to build a massive statewide transportation network, which stirred bipartisan opposition and pushback from environmentalists, property rights activists and the conspiracy-minded who considered the Trans-Texas Corridor part of a clandestine plot toward melding the U.S., Mexico and Canada into a single North American entity.

It also started a chain reaction of blessings,” Cecilia said. “As Greg recovered, we would hit a big obstacle and get discouraged, but then a solution would show up. In recent years there has been persistent criticism that Perry abused his powers by rewarding cronies and lavishing state dollars on political benefactors. Perry puts off his decision about 2016, the field of potential Republican presidential candidates has grown increasingly crowded with those with Texas ties, including Ted Cruz, the state’s junior senator in Washington, and Jeb Bush, the brother of former President George W.

In what could be one of the few fiery moments of the speech, Abbott plans to remind his audience of his beefs with the federal government, which he sued more than 30 times as attorney general. On top of that, our family and friends showered us with love and support.” She added, “Recovering from a trauma like this [involves] a series of little milestones.

In August, the governor was indicted on two felony counts alleging he used his office to undercut the state’s ethics watchdog and thwart an investigation into one of Perry’s pet projects, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. Otherwise, the source said the speech aims to continue the aspirational, collaborative tone Abbott has struck during meetings with lawmakers from both parties since Election Day. Of Abbott’s 35 appointees to the committee, 25 of the individuals and couples were major contributors to his campaign — giving a combined $8.3 million.

The governor vehemently denies wrongdoing and his attorneys have fought vigorously — and so far unsuccessfully — to have the case dismissed before going to trial. Perry said bluntly when asked how he expected to stand out among the crowd. “I don’t really pay a lot of attention to who’s in, who’s out, the horse race thing. Perry has still been blessed with good fortune throughout his 30 years in political life, not least during his time as governor, when the energy economy boomed; even if he didn’t put Texas’ abundant natural resources into the ground, he reaped considerable political benefit from their extraction. “In Texas, dove hunters say shoot everything that flies, claim everything that falls,” said Wayne Slater, a longtime political writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, who recently retired after covering five Texas governors. “That’s what politicians do.” Perry is all chesty swagger, evoking the archetypal Texas cowboy. Greg was so devoted to moving forward that he even returned to work while still wearing a body cast.” “When I met and then married Greg, I knew he was an exceptional person and that we would have a wonderful and exciting life together,” Cecilia said. “I love and respect Greg so much and know he is the right leader for Texas; it’s been so inspiring to go on this journey with him.” Cecilia Abbott has advanced degrees in both education and theology, spending a large chunk of her life as a teacher and principal.

Critics who say all donors should be disclosed in advance see the events as another way for corporations and wealthy individuals to curry favor with the state’s top leaders, sometimes without the transparency that campaign finance laws require. “Abbott ran on a platform of campaign reform and open government, and if this is his first step, he’s discarded his agenda already,” said Craig McDonald, executive director of Texans for Public Justice, a campaign disclosure watchdog. “Platinum star” underwriters who contributed $100,000, the highest level of underwriting, received six priority tickets to all ticketed events, high-profile signage at the events, a full-page ad in the program, three photos with the elected officials and their spouses, and four tickets to the prayer service. Perry also stood by his support of a law, which Texas passed in 2001, that allowed undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates to attend public universities. And looming just over Abbott’s shoulder is the state’s freshly elected lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, a media-savvy favorite of the powerful “tea party” movement, whom some see as a possible primary challenger in 2018.

The Texas Republican Party’s official 2014 platform calls for repealing it. “I still support the concept of allowing those people to be contributors to our society rather than takers,” he said.The sharp collapse in oil prices has caused one expert — Michael Feroli, chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase — to speculate that Texas was at risk of a regional recession. But the great story is that people’s lives have been improved substantially in Texas over the last 14 years, and we’ve had our ups and downs.” He also joked about Texas’ rivalry with California, saying “there are three things that California can do that we can’t do: views, weather and wine.” Mr. And he recalled being in a Laguna Beach resort in Southern California, on a visit to lure businesses to Texas. “I’m making my pitch about Texas, about our tax, regulatory, legal system, our skilled work force,” he said. “And just about the time the sun is touching the horizon, the Pacific, I turn — it’s glorious, it’s magnificent — and I said that is Exhibit A of how a state could foul something up so bad that you would leave that.” Few political leaders have embodied Texas exceptionalism as Mr. Perry said he selected the passage — Matthew 20:25-28 — because it meant, “If you really want to be great, you must first be a servant.” He added: “That’s exactly what this job is supposed to be about.

Two Republican lawmakers are proposing a bill to limit future governors, and all other statewide elected officials, to two consecutive four-year terms.

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