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Berman no longer running for Governor

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas politician has made two big announcements. Governor Rick Perry and State Representative Leo Berman were in Tyler to discuss their political futures.

During the press conference at U.T. Tyler Friday, Berman announced his endorsement of Governor Perry's bid for re-election. Berman also announced he will be running for re-election to Texas' House of Representatives.

Berman was matter of fact in his reason for dropping out of the race for governor. He said he used his candidacy for governor to bring key legislative issues to light.

Serving Smith County for more than a decade, Representative Berman has built a loyal following. When we asked him about the constituents who were ready to send him to Austin as governor, he told us this.

"I think most knew exactly what I was doing," explained Berman. "I was trying to get some influence to get these points across since it appeared that I was the only one in the state speaking out about 2,000,000 illegal aliens in Texas. I took an oath in office to preserve protect and defend the constitution and the laws of the United States and so does every other elected official. I intend to obey my oath of office."

The four points Representative Berman references include some of his plans for illegal immigration, sale of firearms and ammunition in Texas, and stressing state sovereignty. Berman says the governor has agreed to take on those issues.

Berman will be challenged by former Tyler mayor Joey Seeber in the primary.

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