What’s the point of being a Democrat if you can’t abuse your power to punish your enemies? Making a mockery of the law and turning a howling drunk into the face of your party is worth it, as long as it means harrassing a Republican.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted Friday on two felony counts for vetoing an appropriation bill for the office of a district attorney he wanted to resign following an arrest for drunk driving.
A federal grand jury in Travis County issued the indictment for one count of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, according to the Austin American-Statesman…
Perry hoped to force Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign following her 2013 arrest for a DUI. Her blood-alcohol was reported to be .239, three times the legal limit.
It certainly was. And the results are all on video.
Here’s Lehmberg utterly and defiantly failing a field sobriety test:
And here’s Lehmberg making an even bigger fool of herself while being booked:
It’s one thing for a drunk being booked on a DWI to claim innocence. But she kept trying to use her political power to get out of it, even when she was placed in restraints.
Lehmberg has refused to resign. More incredibly, even after this, she’s still in charge of something called a “public integrity unit.” Gov. Perry vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the unit, which was not only the right thing to do, but completely legal. That’s what this phony indictment is all about.
Rosemary Lehmberg doesn’t think the law applies to her. And now her corrupt pals have reminded the whole country about her astonishingly irresponsible behavior. Now we can all see just how low they’ll go.
Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 16, 2014
I’m no fan of Rick Perry & I’m no lawyer. But this indictment looks pretty thin to me. Dems: Proceed with caution. https://t.co/w52PnCGYqT
— Timothy Noah (@TimothyNoah1) August 16, 2014
My take on the outrageous indictment of Rick Perry http://t.co/PkJZulz4Rg
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) August 18, 2014
Don’t listen to them, Texas Dems. Pursue this with everything you’ve got. Show us who and what you are.
.@GovernorPerry When do you turn yourself in?
— Texas Democrats (@TXDemParty) August 16, 2014
That’s the spirit.