(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- According to reports out of Iowa, former New York Gov. George Pataki may be poised to enter the 2012 presidential race as early as this weekend.
Pataki has signed on to attend a Polk County Republican Party picnic in Des Moines on Saturday, and Darrell Kearney, a spokesman for the county party told ABC News late Monday night that “based on conversations with Pataki staff there is a strong possibility Gov. Pataki will get in the race, and the announcement may come Saturday.”
Pataki sources did not immediately return messages seeking comment on this newest development, but earlier Monday, a spokesman for the moderate former Republican governor had this to say about Pataki’s thinking.
“I can confirm that Governor Pataki is seriously considering getting into the race,” spokesman Dan Catalfamo said. “He is deeply disappointed by the failure of leadership by President Obama on the debt issue and in the lack of serious solutions being offered by the current Republican field.”
Kearney said that members of Pataki’s inner-circle have been telling him he may go from “seriously considering” a run to being an actual candidate on Saturday.
But stepping in to steal some of Pataki's possible thunder is presidential candidate Rick Perry, who organizers said would be a late addition to the picnic lineup. This weekend’s picnic will take place at the Iowa State Fairgrounds and will also feature candidates Ron Paul and Thad McCotter as well as state and local elected officials.
In recent weeks, other candidates, including Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann, have attended Polk County GOP events.
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