…and that’s not just the word of any Joe on the street, that’s a big shot in New Hampshire GOP politics:
“His obvious disgust for the federal government makes him attractive to the tea party-aligned voters here,” Andrew Hemingway, chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Liberty Caucus, told RCP.
As the nation’s longest-serving governor, Perry could also boast of having the executive experience and record of achievement in government that some of the other tea party-backed candidates in the field may lack.
Perry is Barbour’s successor as chairman of the Republican Governors Association and was also enthusiastically endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in his 2010 primary fight against Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
With Perry’s history of straddling the establishment and tea party wings of the party, Hemingway offered a bold prediction for the unique assets that the Texas governor could bring to the table in New Hampshire. “I think ultimately Rick Perry is a candidate who secures Haley Barbour’s money with Sarah Palin’s endorsement,” he said.
Hmmm… Iowa… New Hampshire… and a Texan should do fairly well in South Carolina…
I think he’s running.