The mind games between Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison about KBH's future plans continue on.
As Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison eyes a possible race against Gov. Rick Perry, a network of key Republican activists and power players is moving to send her a clear message: Don't do it.
In letters, e-mails and direct conversations, nervous Republicans have told Ms. Hutchison they want her to seek re-election and abandon thoughts of targeting the incumbent governor in what they expect would be a fractious GOP primary.
Aides to Ms. Hutchison, who will spend next week on a fund-raising tour of the state, dismiss the effort. They say that the opposition is being orchestrated by the Perry political camp and that Ms. Hutchison has widespread support.
But the prospects of an expensive, intra-party battle between the two has rattled many of the GOP faithful, according to interviews with top Republicans and supporters on both sides.
"It would be like throwing a hand grenade in a chicken yard," said former Texas Republican Party chairman George Strake, a Perry supporter.
Ms. Hutchison has not said whether she will try to unseat the governor, but she has floated the idea in conversations with fellow Republicans.
Her political team expressed confidence she has a strong backing within the party, and contended that some who would prefer to avoid an intramural feud will side with her if she makes the race.
"The amount of support from average people has been shocking – people out of the blue coming up to her," said Hutchison campaign manager Terry Sullivan.
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