Perry Dipping Toes In Iowa?
It certainly sounds like he’s considering jumping in…
Rick Perry has started calling Iowa Republicans and a former RNC finance chairman is helping to convene a meeting of national donors later this month in Austin to discuss financing a potential 2012 campaign — signs that the Texas governor and his allies are stepping up their exploratory efforts.
The developments come as Perry is being watched by a string of donors, early-state voters and elites who say they’re disenchanted, and in search of a stronger candidate.
Republican activist Joni Scotter told POLITICO she got a surprise phone call this afternoon from Perry, asking about the political landscape as it relates to him.
“It was just a surprise,” said Scotter, of Marion, who’s well-known for her frequent appearances at Iowa Republican events and is a coveted worker bee on presidential campaigns. She said she didn’t know how Perry got her number.
“He sounded great and just asked if he should run,” she said. “And I said, of course.” She said he said he hadn’t made up his mind.
A Perry entry into the Hawkeye State would almost certainly shake up the race… he’d probably suck a lot of support from various contenders, perhaps even causing some of them to decide not to continue.
I’m still in “popcorn mode”–meaning that I’m sitting back and watching the fireworks before deciding who to back–but Perry definitely has my interest.