Via The Beacon, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is laying the groundwork for his looming entrance in the race for the Republican presidential nomination:
Perry’s camp has just hired Elizabeth Vaughan to run their Georgia campaign. Vaughan was most recently statewide campaign manager for Georgia Agriculture Secretary Gary Black, who swamped his Democrat opponent to capture the constitutional office from Democrat control. Vaughan is said to be one of several former key Newt Gingrich for President staffers who have abandoned their former boss to join the Perry campaign.
Perry insiders say their candidate will formally announce his bid in late June, and will visit Georgia in early July, right after former MN. Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Peach State jaunt.
Perry’s new hires have reportedly convinced him their campaign can carry Georgia and sweep the southern primary states, including winning the all important South Carolina primary. Sen. John McCain won the South Carolina GOP primary 2008, by defeating Mike Huckabee, after Mitt Romney withdrew his resources from the state late in the game. The showdown win propelled McCain to the nomination.
After last night’s debate, who can blame him for getting in the race? The field is terrible.
[UPDATE] I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails challenging this report from The Beacon, so you may want to take it with a grain of salt.
[UPDATE II] Elizabeth Vaughan denies The Beacon‘s report. So, that ends that.