After RealClearPolitics first reported last month that aides to Texas Gov. Rick Perry have been putting out feelers for a presidential bid, many pundits dismissed the prospects of Perry following through, noting that his top political aides were already working for Newt Gingrich’s campaign.

Those aides have now resigned from Gingrich’s presidential effort, and Perry has admitted publicly that he is actively considering a White House run.

Two of Perry’s longtime political aides, Dave Carney and Rob Johnson, were among the large group of advisers who announced Thursday that they were leaving Gingrich’s team. Carney has been a top political adviser to Perry for 14 years and continues to counsel him, and Johnson managed his most recent gubernatorial campaign.

Republican insiders expect that both would join a Perry presidential effort if he were to launch one.

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