Texas Gov. Rick Perry will speak to several groups while in the Upstate next week, including giving the keynote address at a fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, according to a news release from Starboard Communications political consulting firm.
Perry's schedule shows two days of events. On Tuesday, Perry will speak to the Rotary Club of Downtown Spartanburg. Then later, he will speak at the winter banquet hosted by the S.C. Republican Party and the Spartanburg County Republican Party. The ticketed event is at 7 p.m. at the Spartanburg Expo Center. On Wednesday, Perry will speak at the annual meeting of the Electric Co-ops of South Carolina in Greenville before heading to an 11:30 a.m. fundraiser for Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts for America. Perry's visit will be his second return to South Carolina since his defeat in the 2012 Republican presidential primary. Perry came to Greenville in August to raise money for Gov. Nikki Haley’s re-election campaign and to speak at her campaign kick-off rally.
Perry was an early frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He spent a lot of time campaigning in South Carolina, an early primary state. But after losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Perry dropped out of the race days before South Carolinians voted and endorsed eventual S.C. winner Newt Gingrich. Perry is not seeking another term as governor of Texas, prompting speculation he is eyeing another presidential run in 2016.