Those Who Will And Won't Challenge Governor Rick Perry - | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

06/18/05 - Austin

Those Who Will And Won't Challenge Governor Rick Perry

Texas State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn said Saturday she would challenge Governor Rick Perry in next year's GOP primary.

The 65-year-old Strayhorn made the announcement at a block party just a few streets away from the state capitol.

Strayhorn's announcement came shortly after Perry vetoed education funding from the state budget bill, and called lawmakers back to Austin for a special session on school finance.

Strayhorn has spent the past year attacking Perry's leadership and his failure to bring lawmakers to a consensus on public school funding.

Another possible challenger to Governor Perry says she won't make a run for the top Texas office.

Republican US senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has decided against challenging Governor Rick Perry.

The senator's campaign said that she will seek re-election in the senate, ending months of speculation that she would run for governor in 2006.

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