Former Gop Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney Will Not Run For President In 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C – 2012 GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney announced Friday that he would not be making a bid for the White House in 2016.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call from New York.

Romney, 64, has made two bids for the White House before. In 2008, Romney withdrew his name for the Republican nomination before endorsing Arizona Senator John McCain. In 2012, Romney, with the backing of the majority of the party, earned the Republican nomination.

The announcement not to run comes after many of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Bush formed a PAC, which is required for raising money and hiring a staff for a campaign, in December of last year.

The 61-year-old former governor reacted to Romney’s announcement on social media.

“Mitt Romney has been a leader in our party for many years. There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has.” Bush said via Facebook. ”Though I’m sure today’s decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America’s promise through upward mobility, encouraging free enterprise and strengthening our national defense. Mitt is a patriot and I join many in hoping his days of serving our nation and our party are not over. I look forward to working with him to ensure all Americans have a chance to rise up.”

Bush and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of GOP members and donors.

Romney is not expected to endorse another Republican candidate.

“I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but I fully realize it would have been a difficult test and hard fight,” Romney said.

As for reconsidering another bid for the White House in the future, Romney said it “seems unlikely.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: “I Don’t Email”

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) talks to reporters as he arrives at a closed door briefing June 4, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Officials from the Obama Administration were on the Hill to brief Senate members on the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images.

As former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton faces criticism about her use of a private email address during her time in the administration, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted he has never sent an email.

“I don’t email,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”. “You can have every email I’ve ever sent. I’ve never sent one.”

Graham said he wants to know “did she communicate on behalf of (the) Clinton Foundation as secretary of state?” or if “she (called) the terrorist attack in Benghazi a terrorist attack in real time?”

Clinton’s lone comment of the controversy surrounding her home-based email server came via twitter.

“I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible,” Clinton told her 2.9 million followers.

Graham, a Republican Senator from South Carolina, is reportedly weighing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Clinton is also reportedly looking into running for the Democratic nomination.

Four File For District 124 Texas House Seat

SAN ANTONIO — Four Democrats are officially in the running for Texas House District 124, the Bexar County seat opened up by José Menéndez’s election to the State Senate last month.

Candidates to replace the San Antonio Democrat include San Antonio City Councilmember Delicia Herrera, firefighter Nathan Alonzo, attorney Ina Minjarez and insurance agent David Rosa.

Rosa, who is listed as a Democrat for the special election, unsuccessfully ran as a Republican against now U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro in 2012.

Menéndez, who has held the District 124 seat since 2000, won a special election to fill the vacated seat of Leticia Van de Putte, who is running for Mayor of San Antonio.

Early voting begins March 23 and ends March 27. Election Day is March 31.

Senator Ted Cruz’s Spokeswoman Likely Headed To Pac

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the ‘Exempt America from Obamacare’ rally, on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. Some conservative lawmakers are making a push to try to defund the health care law as part of the debates over the budget and funding the federal government. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

The spokeswoman for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) will leave her Washington, D.C. office to join the senator’s political action committee based in Austin.

Catherine Frazier, Cruz’s official Senate press secretary, is set to leave her job at the end of the month and relocate to her hometown of Houston. Frazier is expected to join the senator’s Jobs, Growth and Freedom PAC.

Cruz is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

Frazier, a graduate of the University of Texas, previously worked as former-Governor Rick Perry’s press secretary and also served as deputy communications director for Texans for Rick Perry, Perry’s PAC.

The Washington Times reported on Monday that Brian Phillips, the communications director to U.S. Mike Lee (R-Utah), has also joined Cruz’s PAC.

Spurs Ceo Named The 2015 Grand Marshal For The Battle Of Flowers Parade

Friday, the Battle of Flowers Association revealed San Antonio Spurs CEO, Peter Holt as the grand marshal of the oldest event and largest parade of Fiesta San Antonio.

Janet Putman, Battle of Flowers Parade Chair, shared the announcement at the AT&T Center, acknowledging the success that Holt has helped bring to the Countdown City.

During Holt’s numerous seasons as Chairman and CEO he has enjoyed extraordinary growth and success. Putman said, “During his 18-year tenure as chairman, CEO and principal owner of the five-time champion, San Antonio Spurs, the team has become one of the most successful franchises in professional sports history.”

Although Holt was not in attendance at the press conference, his spirited companion, the Spurs Coyote, ditched his normal team jersey and showed off his professional side in a suit and tie while wearing a name tag stating, “My name is Peter Holt.” The coyote soon celebrated alongside Silver Dancers as confetti canons were fired. Holt’s children, Peter John Holt and Corinna Holt Richter attended to support their father.

According to a press release, the “This Land Is Your Land” themed parade will include 44 floats garnished with colorful flowers transporting Fiesta royalty. Luckily, there will be 100 “pooper scoopers” following 200 horses. Additionally, the parade will incorporate 28 marching bands, 15 carriages and antique cars and eight precision drill teams to entertain the audience.

The 2015 Battle of Flowers Parade has more than 200 entries, over 9,000 participants and approximately 2,000 JROTC students to create the Vanguard. Putman announced the 400-member Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will lead the parade.

Visit www.battleofflowers.org to purchase tickets and view seating diagrams. Beginning March 20, tickets will be for sale at the Fiesta Store located at 2611 Broadway.

The parade is scheduled for Friday, April 24 with a vanguard procession at 11:45 a.m. prior to the parade beginning at 12:15 p.m.

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