A new so-called super PAC supporting a prospective Rick Perry presidential campaign is going up Monday in Iowa with a statewide television buy touting the Texas governor as “a better option” for president.
Jobs for Iowa is spending less than $40,000 for two week’s worth of air time on Fox News Channel in the state, a source familiar with the group told POLITICO. But the group is rumored to have the backing of wealthy Texas Republicans who have long supported Perry and are considering expanding the ad campaign to other states in the near future.
In fact, the operatives they’ve retained to create and run the super PAC l on the same day established a pair of linked super PACs in other states that have key early Republican presidential primaries, Jobs for South Carolina and Jobs for Florida.
Perry has repeatedly hinted that he’ll seek the Republican presidential nomination, but has said he’ll wait until after Labor Day to declare his intentions. He was left off the ballot for the Aug. 13 straw poll in Ames, Iowa, which is considered a key bellwether of the strength of presidential campaigns in the state headed into its first-in-the-nation nominating event, the Iowa caucuses.