AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former state Republican Party chairman Tom Pauken is planning a "grassroots campaign" to unseat Gov. Rick Perry.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Pauken said he does not expect to raise as much money as Perry or Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Abbott has more than $18 million. He has not officially announced his intentions.
Perry has $6 million, plus the name recognition to raise much more. He has said he may run for president again in 2016. He has not ruled out running for a fourth full term as governor.
Pauken once worked as a White House lawyer under President Ronald Reagan. He filed papers to launch his campaign this week. He said he wants to provide "a new style of leadership in Texas."