POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:45am
UPDATED: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 10:54am
AUSTIN (TEXAS TRIBUNE) — A major announcement  (click for livestream) from Gov. Rick Perry today could mark the beginning of a new chapter in Texas politics.
As reported last week, Perry — the longest-serving governor in Texas history — has invited supporters to join him and his family at an event today in San Antonio at which he will unveil "exciting future plans."
Though he has stayed quiet about the contents of those plans, Perry is widely expected to announce that he will not seek an unprecedented fourth term as governor, likely clearing a path for Attorney General Greg Abbott to succeed him.
Small signs, like Abbott's fundraising edge and little movement inside Perry's campaign apparatus, have suggested that the governor may instead be prepping for another presidential run.
"Certainly, that's an option out there," Perry conceded yesterday on Fox News Sunday. "But again, we got a lot of work to do in [the state Capitol] over the course of the next couple of weeks that have my focus substantially more than even 2014 or 2016."
Though Perry isn't expected to say today whether he's eyeing the presidency, some observers have predicted that he may lay the groundwork for 2016 — by announcing the formation of a new Super PAC.
"What better way to win the kinds of friends he'll need than to start putting that money-raising prowess to work for potential key supporters?" the Sunlight Foundation writes.
Still, even close Perry allies have cautioned against predicting the political moves of a governor known for surprises.
As Robert Black, a former Perry aide, recently told the Tribune: "For those out there trying to read the tea leaves, don’t. Because you’re probably going to be wrong.”