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Does West Visit Signal Gubernatorial Plan?

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AUSTIN (AP) - When Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott visited the devastation in West following a fertilizer plant explosion, he looked very gubernatorial. And that might not be an accident.

Abbott was the first elected, statewide official on the scene, taking an aerial tour and briefing journalists. That was Gov. Rick Perry’s job in past disasters.

Abbott’s appearance makes more sense if you consider that Abbott is widely seen as Perry’s chosen successor.

Neither man will answer questions about their political futures. Perry has promised to announce his intentions in June. Abbott says that sounds like a good time for him to make a decision too.

If Perry does plan to step down to make way for Abbott, then Texans may have witnessed the first step in what may be an orderly transition.

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