The Texas secession petition has prompted Larry Kilgore to change his middle name to "SECEDE."
The Republican, who has also announced he will run for governor of the state in 2014, wrote on his website: "SECEDE Kilgore will be on the 2014 ballot and will file with Tarrant County to officially change his middle name to SECEDE. Kilgore received 50,000 votes in 2006 and 225,000 votes in 2008 running as a secessionist."
Kilgore's website currently boasts the slogan, "Secession! All other issues can be dealt with later." According to the Texas Tribune, he has previously run for governor and both state and national Congress but has never made it out of the primary stage.
This action is response to the Texas secession petition on the website We the People. The site allows citizens to post petitions of their own, with any that get over 25,000 in a 30-day period prompting a response from the president. The petition has over 117,000 signatures as of Monday morning.
"Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government," the Texas secession petition reads.
In fact, every state in the union has at least one petition on the site calling for a secession, with some states even having two or more, according to the Daily Caller. Texas' secession petition, however, is by far the most popular.
Since then, the petition-making has gotten out of control. Austin residents have started a petition of their own asking to remain part of the Union even if the Texas secession is successful. That petition, which also calls to annex several small towns in the state, is currently up to nearly 8,600 signatures.
Others have taken it a step further and demanded to deport or strip the citizenship of anyone who signs a secession petition. However, none of these are as popular as the Texas secession petition.
Meanwhile, a New York Times report from this weekend shows just how big the idea Texas secession has become. The article states that sales of bumper stickers with the word "secede" on them have increased. Peter Morrison, the treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party, also sent out a newsletter calling for Texas to "go her own way in peace."