Hans Klingler, a spokesman for Hutchison, said he is not surprised in the explanation.
"Perry was trying to cash in during the session by playing the old 'I can't ask you for a donation just yet, wink wink, but I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks, wink wink,' " Klingler said.MEETINGS WITH SUPPORTERS
Meetings Gov. Rick Perry held during the 2009 legislative session with business leaders and supporters:
Feb. 26: Paesanos restaurant, San Antonio
March 3: The Crescent, Dallas
March 12: Willy G's, Houston
March 24: Cobblestone Court, Brownsville
March 25: Lubbock Club, Lubbock
April 2: Brennan's, Houston
April 7: The Crescent, Dallas
April 14: Café Annie, Houston
April 30: Willow Brook Country Club, Tyler
May 12: Club Giraud, San Antonio
May 21: La Griglia, Houston
SOURCE: Perry campaign
Insinuations abound, but having political meetings with supporters is nothing new. Not having any events with supporters would have meant Rick was not running again.