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‘Please come back,’ reporters call out to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, right, calls on a reporter as he stands next to White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on June 27, 2017.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry, right, calls on a reporter as he stands next to White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington on June 27, 2017. AP

It certainly wasn’t “Dancing With the Stars.”

But former Texas Gov. Rick Perry without doubt enjoyed his time in front of the TV cameras recently.

Perry, the energy secretary, spoke for more than 30 minutes during a recent White House press briefing — and reporters couldn’t seem to get enough.

After touching on energy-related topics, even saying he wants to make “nuclear energy cool again,” Perry went off topic to weigh in on a variety of issues.

French people: “The French, who I’ve always thought were a little bit different — and that’s in a good way.”

Colorado: “I said many times that I thought that Colorado was wrong in allowing for the use of marijuana, which they’ve decided to do. But that’s their call.”

Texas: “Texas will still be there to take any businesses that would like to relocate,” said Perry, who remains the state’s longest-serving governor.

His appearance at the briefing sparked a number of posts on social media.

“Rick Perry should always be on-camera,” one tweet said. “Rick Perry is having the most fun of anybody who has ever stood at the Trump briefing podium by a factor of infinity,” another stated.

When he wrapped up his comments, reporters called out: “Please come back!”

“I don't think anybody will question whether or not Secretary Perry’s a high-energy guy,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy press secretary, said after he left the podium. “Great guy, wrong football team, but that’s probably for another day.”

No rematch

Ignore the rumors. There’s not going to be a rematch between Kelly Hancock and Todd Smith for the District 9 Texas Senate seat.

The two Republicans — at the time, both Texas House of Representatives members — last squared off in 2012, competing for the Senate seat that had been held by Arlington Republican Chris Harris.

Hancock won the GOP primary that year with nearly 65 percent of the vote and easily won the general election with more than 58 percent of the vote, election records show.

Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, has represented the Senate district since 2013.

Rumors of a Hancock versus Smith rematch began recently when there was a change in Smith’s treasurer paperwork filed with the state, which could have indicated he was gearing up for a new election bid.

But a worker in Smith’s law firm said the former state representative is not running for this seat and doesn’t live in the district anymore. He updated past campaign filings to list his wife as treasurer.

‘Filibusterversary’

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, will not forget June 26.

On that day four years ago, she talked for more than 11 hours on the Senate floor to filibuster a bill carrying some of the country’s most strict restrictions on abortion.

Her filibuster led to a chaotic scene that night in the Texas Senate, as onlookers in the gallery were so loud that members couldn’t vote on the bill before their midnight deadline. Then-Gov. Rick Perry quickly called the Legislature back to work and they passed it into law.

Davis, who later made an unsuccessful bid for governor, has since moved to Austin.

“As we mark the anniversary of the filibuster, I’m still standing — I’m standing for you, for my daughters and my new granddaughter,” Davis wrote in an email to people interested in Deeds Not Words, her nonprofit advocacy group created last year. “And together, we continue to stand up for gender equality by training more young woman how to stand up for themselves.

“This year, our advocates learned how to change the world. These young people took to the same Capitol where I stood and helped pass SEVEN pieces of legislation relating to sex-trafficking and sexual assault. And, we’re just getting started. Imagine what we will have accomplished four years from now with your support!

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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