One thing working for those who would hate to see that happen is James Richard Perry is not only a fighter that will use the courts if necessary to vindicate himself, he is also the Governor of Texas. I said
Perry needed something to help change the image left with Americans in the last Presidential race and this may or may not be just the ticket. Overcoming the negative stereotype of him being shallow pretty boy from a conservative-crazed
Perry is eyeing a presidential run in 2016, and though I would hope conservatives have other and better choices, his stock went up with me as soon as the Democrats lied and said this whole thing was plain and simple. The Governor did something wrong and he must be punished. If Perry artfully uses this occasion to be a victim, martyr and fighter, it could be just the rehab he needed. If he had no politicak ambitions,he might could make a pile of money in a lawsuit on this little scheme that has been perpetrated on him. But Perry is a politician and if he plays this right he will get something more valuable than money – he will be getting a lot more media attention than he would in the coming days and weeks.
There is little question that the indictment is absurd. And after watching the video of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s behavior after her drunken-driving arrest, it’s no wonder that Perry declared a loss of public confidence in her ability to lead the public integrity unit. If you have not watched the video yet, trust me it’s on its way to being a political classic.
While proper prosecution of people that are harmful to society is a good thing and reassures the public that the checks and balances in our democracy are working. Concocted, phony and retaliatory prosecutions serve only to reinforce the public’s skepticism about the motives of our country’s political leadership and undermine the public trust. If we needed further erosion of the public faith in our government, this indictment certainly supplies it. It should backfire and the only one that should suffer are those who tried to deceive the American public and harm a citizen by using false pretenses
Bogus charges against a political foe erode the relevancy of legitimate corruption charges when they are actually needed and warranted. By pursuing Perry’s indictment, the Democrats might actually do Perry some good. But in the meantime, they are contributing to the further disintegration of the ability of our two-party system to create a government that functions.
Travis County has a reputation for this kind of stuff and, with this grand jury acting at the behest of special prosecutor Michael McCrumo, they are sure to keep to keep that reputation.
The basic facts of the case are simple. Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, pled guilty to DWI and served 45 days in jail. After serving her jail sentence, Lehmberg refused to step down and continued to be the supervisor of the Public Integrity Unit. In response to the audacity of her contnuing to serve in this capacity, Governor Perry announced that unless she stepped down he would veto funding of that unit. Later he followed through and did veto the bill.
Perry is not accused of abuse of power for actually vetoing the bill because state law says the Governor can veto a bill for any reason he wants to or no reason at all. Governor Perry is accused of threatening the D.A.