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Perry giving final Texas GOP speech as governor in Fort Worth

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WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry kicks off his unofficial farewell tour to Texas politics with a high-profile speech to start the state Republican convention in Fort Worth.

The longest-serving governor in Texas history isn’t seeking re-election in November but appears poised to make a second presidential run in 2016. That comes, though, as tea party gains may have moved Texas conservatism too far to the right even for him.

At the 2012 convention, delegates booed Perry for praising Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who was then seeking the Republican U.S. Senate nomination against conservative grassroots champion Ted Cruz.

Also speaking Thursday is George P. Bush, a rising GOP star who could lead the party on Hispanic outreach.

Bush’s famous political surname makes him an establishment powerhouse but may hurt him with grassroots activists.

 

 

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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