Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2012? The answer is. . . A week ago, as Huckabee and Daniels announced they were NOT running, pundits wondered where all the serious GOP presidential candidates were hiding. If you answered Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Alaska, give yourself a gold star.

We now know that Mitt Romney is going to announce his Presidential run next week, Michele Bachmann says that she too will make it official in early June, and Sarah Palin’s bus trip has folks wondering about her intentions. But what about Rick Perry of Texas?

Our friends at KTRH radio in Houston Texas have confirmed with the governor’s offices that Rick Perry is giving serious consideration to tossing his hat into the ring:

The longest serving governor in Texas history reversed course today after saying for months that he wasn’t interesting in running for the White House.

The governor was asked if he would you consider running for president. Perry answered that he’s focused on the session but, according to spokesperson Katherine Cesinger, “Would think about it just like he thinks about a lot of things important to the people on the state of Texas.”

Earlier this week, the station tossed around the idea of a Perry candidacy:

KTRH also reports:

Many KTRH political insiders say Perry might be popular but doubt that he could raise the funds needed to win the Republican nomination.

But that hasn’t stopped Perry from at least considering. The story is breaking across the country with the Associated Press reporting:

Perry has been a darling of the tea party and could ignite a groundswell of support among the libertarian-leaning, anti-tax movement. He was an early endorser of the groups that helped Republicans take control of the U.S. House, statehouses and governors’ offices in 2010.

As stated earlier, a once barren candidate field is fast becoming filled with a wide selection of GOP presidential hopefuls.