by PATRICK SVITEK
AUSTIN — An entertainment website is reporting that former Gov. Rick Perry will be joining the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Perry’s camp declined to comment on the report Monday night.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Texas’ longest-serving governor will be a contestant in the 23rd season of the dance competition show, which premieres Sept. 12 on ABC.
The lineup is set to be announced Monday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ABC said Monday it does not comment on casting rumors.
Perry would not be the first Texas Republican to appear on the show. Tom DeLay, R-Sugar Land, the former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, was a contestant during the ninth season, though he left the competition early due to foot injuries.
Perry’s dancing credentials are not entirely known. In one memorable moment during his tenure in office, he broke out in dance around a menorah with rabbis and then-state Rep. Elliot Naishtat, D-Austin, while celebrating Hanukkah at the Capitol.
Since stepping down as governor in 2014, Perry has not shunned the spotlight. He unsuccessfully ran for president last year and went on to campaign for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, then Donald Trump, now the Republican nominee.
PATRICK SVITEK reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print