Could this be the clearest sign yet that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for president?
The governor admitted recently that he’s considering a run after previously shooting the idea down. And now, a source close to the Gingrich campaign tells The Blaze that Perry has offered Gingrich’s now-departed campaign manager, Rob Johnson — who used to be the campaign manager for Perry — his old job back.
According to the source, “Rob and Perry spoke last week and Perry told him his old job is waiting for him.”
“I know that for a fact,” the source said.*
That Johnson would hook up again with Perry may not be surprising considering the Perry news recently. Insiders have linked him, as well as fellow former Perry aide David Carney, to a possible Perry run over the last month. For example, just yesterday the Washington Post quoted sources mentioning them both, and who said that a Perry presidential run would be nearly impossible without Carney:
One potential hitch in any Perry planning is the fact that his long-time chief political adviser, David Carney, is now helping former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in his presidential campaign. In addition, Rob Johnson, who managed Perry’s reelection campaign last year, is now Gingrich’s campaign manager.
But one person close to Perry said he could not imagine Carney not being at Perry’s side if the governor runs. Conversely, this person said he could not imagine Perry deciding to run if he were not certain Carney would be part of his team. As another person close to Perry said, “I don’t want to do this without Carney.”
At this point, Perry has not given the green light to his adviser to begin making plans. Instead, the conversations are more closely held as the governor thinks through the impact on his family and his own political career. “I think he is just trying to weigh how much personal sacrifice is it going to take,” said one friend.
Considering today’s events, that “hitch” is gone.
In addition, Weekly Standard Senior Writer Stephen Hayes tweeted this afternoon that Carney had….