The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 31, 2013

The Big Conversation

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday threw cold water on speculation about a potential 2014 showdown with one of his political allies.

As WFAA-TV reported yesterday, Perry revealed that Attorney General Greg Abbott had told him that he wouldn't run for governor in 2014 if Perry decided to seek re-election.

"Greg is a dear friend," Perry said. "He has said clearly that if I ran again he's not going to be running against me. But that's beside the point."

Abbott's campaign wouldn't confirm whether such a conservation had taken place.

"Gov. Perry and ...

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