Jay Root Reporter

Jay Root is a native of Liberty. He never knew any reporters growing up, and he has never taken a journalism class in his life. But somehow he got hooked on the news business. It all started when Root walked into the offices of The Daily Texan, his college newspaper, during his last year at the University of Texas in 1987. He couldn't resist the draw: it was the biggest collection of misfits ever assembled. After graduating, he took a job at a Houston chemical company and soon realized it wasn't for him. Root applied for an unpaid internship at the Houston Post in 1990, and it turned into a full-time job that same year. He has been a reporter ever since. Root has covered natural disasters, live music and Texas politics — not necessarily in that order. He was Austin bureau chief of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for a dozen years, most of them good. He also covered politics and the Legislature for The Associated Press before joining the staff of the Tribune.Root is the author of “Oops! A Diary From The 2012 Campaign Trail,” an insider’s account of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s dramatic collapse in the 2012 presidential race. The book was released in September, 2012.

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Rick Perry Says He Has "Plenty of Fight" Left

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public speech since leaving the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public speech since leaving the presidential race.

In his first public appearance since pulling out of the presidential race Jan. 19, Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he would keep fighting for the conservative ideals he championed on the campaign trail.

Pro-Rick Perry PAC Raised $5.5 Million

Mike Toomey (l), former chief of staff for Texas Governor Rick Perry (r) with the governor on January 21, 2003 in his office on the eve of his second inaugural.  Toomey, now a high-powered lobbyist, and Perry have been friends since their first days in politics.
Mike Toomey (l), former chief of staff for Texas Governor Rick Perry (r) with the governor on January 21, 2003 in his office on the eve of his second inaugural. Toomey, now a high-powered lobbyist, and Perry have been friends since their first days in politics.

Wealthy donors and companies, most of them from Texas, poured more than $5 million into an independent Super PAC that tried for a few months to help Rick Perry get elected president.

Allbaugh Caused Campaign Tensions, Perry Advisers Say

Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2012, resembling the massive prayer event of the same name Perry hosted in August 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2012, resembling the massive prayer event of the same name Perry hosted in August 2011.

The longtime George W. Bush loyalist is being privately blamed for the widely reported civil war between veteran Rick Perry staffers and Washington, D.C., hands brought in to revive the Texas governor's flagging presidential campaign.

A Final Indignity Where the Crusade Began

Perry for President signs sit in the conference room where the candidate ended his presidential hopes on Jan. 19, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.
Perry for President signs sit in the conference room where the candidate ended his presidential hopes on Jan. 19, 2012 in Charleston, S.C.

Gov. Rick Perry’s legendary winning streak came to its inglorious end Thursday. Standing in a plain conference room, the governor who had only ever known political victory admitted defeat.

Updated: Perry Could Run Again, Adviser Says

Rick Perry gives a thumbs up as he leaves after suspending his bid for the Republican nomination on January 19, 2012.  In the background are son Griffin Perry, left and wife Anita Perry.
Rick Perry gives a thumbs up as he leaves after suspending his bid for the Republican nomination on January 19, 2012. In the background are son Griffin Perry, left and wife Anita Perry.

Following Rick Perry's decision to leave the campaign trail, his strategists suggest he could run for governor — or even for the presidency — again. "As you know, we don't have term limits in Texas," Perry adviser Ray Sullivan said. 

Perry Adds New Agency to Chopping Block: SBA

Gov. Rick Perry during the final pitch of his Iowa bus tour at a campaign rally at Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry during the final pitch of his Iowa bus tour at a campaign rally at Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa, on Jan. 2, 2012.

During a question-and-answer session with voters in South Carolina, Gov. Rick Perry said he would eliminate the Small Business Administration, which provides loans, counseling and other assistance to small businesses.