- Rick Perry
Former Governor of Texas
- James Richard "Rick" Perry is an American politician who served as the 47th Governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015. Wikipedia
- Born: March 4, 1950 (age 64), Paint Creek, TX
- Spouse: Anita Thigpen Perry (m. 1982)
- Previous office: Governor of Texas (2000–2015)
- Education: Texas A&M University (1972)
- Siblings: Amelia Rhaye Perry
- Children: Sydney Perry, Griffin Perry
Rick Perry announces Iowa presidential campaign team William Petroski, firstname.lastname@example.org 2:10 p.m. CDT June 6, 2015
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, said Saturday his Iowa caucus campaign will be headed by Sam Clovis, a prominent Republican activist from northwest Iowa.
Clovis, who supported Rick Santorum for president four years ago, unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in a June primary last year and then lost a November bid for state treasurer. Clovis served 25 years in the Air Force as a fighter pilot and now is an economics professor at Morningside College in Sioux City. He is also well-known in northwest Iowa for his work as a radio talk show host.
Here are the other key members of Perry's Iowa campaign:.
Robert Haus, senior strategist. Haus was co-chairman of Perry's 2012 Iowa campaign. He has helped oversee the Iowa presidential caucus campaigns for Steve Forbes, Fred Thompson and Phil Gramm. He is a New Hampton native who has also led several statewide and congressional races in Iowa.
Jamie Johnson, senior director. Johnson will work with conservative leaders in Iowa, South Carolina, and New Hampshire. He has spent three decades in local, state and federal politics across the United States, including work on Santorum's 2012 campaign. Johnson is an ordained Anglican minister.
Sheila Murphy, Iowa consultant focusing on coalition building. Murphy is a longtime GOP activist in Iowa and Nebraska. She was campaign manager for Brenna Findley's attorney general campaign in 2010 and political director of Rod Robert's 2010 governor's campaign.
Andy Swanson, Iowa state director. An Iowa native, Swanson has experience in Iowa, having worked on two previous presidential campaigns and several statewide efforts. He is originally from Dayton.
Dane Nealson, eastern Iowa political director. He is a native of West Liberty and has more than a decade of campaign experience. He worked for Perry in 2012. Nealson is also the former chairman of the Story County GOP.
Kip Murphy, western Iowa political director. Murphy is a longtime Iowa grassroots activist, having worked in the field for several congressional and statewide candidates. Murphy is also the former chairman of the Harrison County GOP.
Quentin Marquez, Iowa field director. He worked with Americans for Prosperity in 2014, and has held executive positions with the University of Iowa College Republicans and Iowa Federation of College Republicans.
Christina Bettini, Iowa field director. Bettini worked with the Iowa House Majority Fund in 2014 and has been a legislative clerk in the Iowa Statehouse.
Marcus Luttrell reveals why he made Rick Perry godfather of his kids
June 5, 2015 by Tom Tillison
As former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced he was running for president Thursday, the focus was on two bearded men standing behind him.
The men were Marcus Luttrell, and his brother Morgan. An ex-Navy Seal, Marcus is the author of “Lone Survivor,” a harrowing account of his ordeal as the sole survivor of Operation Red Wings in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Luttrell spoke with the Washington Free Beacon Thursday about why he is supporting Perry for president.
“That’s my family,” he said. “I have been part of the Perry family and have been for a long time, and you back up your family’s play.”
“If you know the inner fabric of a man, what he’s made of, then you know he’s going to do what he says he’s going to do,” Luttrell added. “And that’s really important to me.”
Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC, released a touching video last month that explained his unlikely relationship with the former Navy SEAL.
Luttrell, a living embodiment of an All-American tough guy, nearly came to tears in the video while describing the relationship.
In a feature published in May, The Washington Post described Luttrell as “a broken man in search of a haven” when the vet showed up unannounced in 2007 at the Texas governor’s mansion, requesting to see Perry.
“Over the ensuing months, a virtual father-son relationship blossomed,” the newspaper reported, adding that Perry and his wife helped nurse Luttrell back to health.
They even gave him a spare bedroom — “I was the creepy guy in the attic,” Luttrell told The Post.
“When I came into the Perry family, it was one of those deals where it was the only family I had,” he said. “I didn’t have that father figure growing up like that, somebody who genuinely cared about me. … Gov. Perry taught me how to be a good man.”
Luttrell shares more of his story here:
Rick Perry Quits; Trump: ‘I Wish Him Well’in Blog -- by the405radio -- September 11, 2015
Texas Governor Rick Perry is no longer a candidate for President.
He praised the remaining candidates in the field in remarks he was scheduled to make in St. Louis.
“We have a tremendous field—the best in a generation—so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands,” Perry said
“I share this news with no regrets,” Perry said, according to the text. “It has been a privilege and an honor to travel this country, to speak with the American people about their hopes and dreams, to see a sense of optimism prevalent despite a season of cynical politics. And as I approach the next chapter in life, I do so with the love of my life by my side, Anita Perry. We have our house in the country, we have two beautiful children and two adorable grandchildren, four dogs, and the best sunset from our front porch that you could ever imagine. Life is good. And I am a blessed man.”
Perry was destined to only make the second tier debate for the second time. He won’t even make it to the Reagan Library, next week, though. In his second run for President, many polls showed him struggling to hit the 1% mark. He was thought to be a strong candidate for a comeback run, and is regarded as having impeccable conservative credentials. Perry is the longest serving Governor in Texas, which created more jobs in a dismal Obama economy than the other 49 states combined.
Rick Perry was an early target of Donald Trump, who portrayed Perry as dim-witted. Perry shot back that Trump was a cancer on the party and the Presidential race. Like most other candidates, Perry found direct confrontation of the bombastic Trump was ill-fated. This week Perry closed an office, after a long stretch where he went without paying any staff at all. His top man in Iowa defected to the Trump campaign on a Monday and was onstage with the real estate mogul and reality TV star the next evening at an event there.
Trump’s farewell tweet to Perry took the high road
Who Does Ted Nugent Think Would Make a Great President in 2016?
We Asked, and He Told Us in No Uncertain Terms
Jan. 23, 2015 5:49pm Mike Opelka
Editor’s Note:TheBlaze's coverage of the SHOT Show is sponsored by CDNN Sports and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.
LAS VEGAS – Strolling the halls of the 2015 SHOT Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas on Friday, rocker Ted Nugent appeared to be quite at home.
Whether he was dropping by radio shows — like the one hosted by TheBlaze’s Dana Loesch — or just wandering through the exhibits inside the massive convention center, Nugent was the picture of comfort. On Friday, TheBlaze sat down with Nugent for an in-depth interview that will air on an upcoming episode of TheBlaze Radio’s “Pure Opelka.”
Thursday night, at the Outdoor Channel’s annual Golden Moose Awards ceremony, Nugent scored his third consecutive “Golden Moose” award as the “Fan Favorite.”
In his acceptance speech, he relayed to the audience how he feels while walking around SHOT Show.
“It’s like a Nugent family reunion,” he said. “We all know each other intimately. We all share the same beliefs, the same passions, the same principles, the same honor, the same perfect…perfect lifestyle of revering God’s annual productivity by killing ‘em and grilling ‘em.”
In a Friday interview with TheBlaze, Nugent opined on a host of topics — from why hunters should be considered the real environmentalists to the state of American politics.
When asked about a possible presidential pick for the 2016 election, the rocker was quite clear. He would love to see former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the White House.
Nugent shared his reasoning behind the Perry pick, stating, “Given that the conditions in our White House are embarrassing and as corrupt as they are, there are thousands of great Americans that would be better than Barack Obama.”
He continued, “But, we don’t want just better than Barack Obama. We want real statesmen, real Constitutionalists. And I know why my quality of life in Texas is so supreme: Because of Rick Perry and our other elected employees. … And we the people of Texas remaining engaged and demanding accountability.”
Nugent summed up his thinking by saying, “So if my current dream could come true, I would love to see the American helm handled by the great Rick Perry.”