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(Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers) (Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers)  

At Least One Partisan Dem Sat On Rick Perry Grand Jury

One of the members of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry last week was political activist — and Democrat — Rho David Chalmers, and at least four other members of the jury appear to be Democrats.

The Houston Chronicle disclosed that Chalmers was a member of the jury in a report Tuesday, and said of nine members they were able to identify, five (including Chalmers) have only voted in Democratic primaries.

“For me, it’s not a political decision,” Chalmers told the Chronicle. “That’s what a grand jury is about – take the emotion out of it and look at the facts and make your best decision based on your life experience.”

But Chalmers’ Facebook makes it clear she was involved in Democrat party activity while the jury proceedings were still going on.

She posted a photo of an event she attended June 27, where Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson spoke. Watson had testified in front of the grand jury in May.

(Photo: Facebook/Developers Dungeon)

(Photo: Facebook/Developers Dungeon)

And on June 28, she posted a selfie showing she had attended the 2014 Texas Democratic State Convention. She captioned the photo, “Long day in Dallas.”

(Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers)

(Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers)

She also wrote a post describing her work on the Rules Committee. “The Rules Committee was challenging but fun,” she wrote.

(Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers)

(Photo: Facebook/Rho David Chalmers)

Chalmers has also “liked” Central Austin Democrats, University Democrats and South Travis United Democrats.

Perry was indicted last week on two felony charges for threatening to veto funding for a public ethics unit after state Attorney General Rosemary Lehmberg, who heads the unit, was arrested for a DUI. She was booked Tuesday afternoon.

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