Report: Texas AG to make 'major announcement' Sunday

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 12, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is going to make a "major announcement" this weekend -- most likely, that he is running for governor.

In a news release Thursday, his campaign, Texans for Greg Abbott, said the attorney general will make a "major announcement regarding his political future" Sunday.

The announcement is set for 1 p.m. CDT at the Plaza Juarez in San Antonio.

Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch refused to tell The Associated Press exactly what the attorney general's plans are.

However, many are speculating he will announce a run for governor, given that current Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not seek a fourth term.

Perry, a Republican, assumed the Governor's Office in December 2000 when then-Gov. George W. Bush stepped down to become President of the United States.

Perry was subsequently elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

He is the fourth Texas governor since Allan Shivers, Price Daniel and John Connally to serve three terms.

Abbott, the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve as the state's top lawyer, was sworn in December 2002 after John Cornyn's election to the U.S. Senate.

Prior to assuming the office, Abbott served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, a position to which he was initially appointed in 1995 by Bush.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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