Monday, August 8, 2011

Report: Rick Perry will announce bid next week

The Fix gets its hands on an email from a key Perry supporter.

Rick Perry (R) is expected to announce his presidential plans shortly after the Ames Straw Poll this coming weekend, and his supporters are already soliciting contributions for the campaign, according to an e-mail from a Perry supporter.

The e-mail from Gene Powell, a real-estate executive who Perry appointed to the University of Texas board of regents, states, “We expect that announcement in a week to ten days” and tells people to start writing checks today.

That being said, Perry's adviser, David Carney, denied the email's time-line.

“While we are encouraged by this enthusiasm, we have not made the final decision, as even this email indicates."