Perry handily defeated Hutchison in the March 2 primary, and now the senator has decided to stay in Washington through next year even though she had promised to resign once the gubernatorial contest ended.
No worries, Perry says. He applauds Hutchison for staying in the Senate, noting she's on some "very important committees" that can help Texas. Perry, who faces Democrat Bill White in November, also says he anticipates Hutchison's help with his re-election.
In his words, "We're on the team. We just had an intramural scrimmage, and we got that over with."