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Everything You Need to Know* About Rick Perry’s Newest Scandal

(*But were afraid to ask)
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Rick Perry at The Response prayer rally, August 2011
Patrick Michels
Gov. Rick Perry in happier times

Update: Rick Perry was indicted on two felony counts on August 15, 2014. Read our coverage here.

These days, we’re hearing increasingly less from Gov. Rick Perry. It’s his last year in office, and he’s been taking it easy—having fun in the South Pacific while his would-be competitors in the 2016 presidential primary flame out in spectacular fashion.

He may not keep that low profile for that much longer, though. A little scandal from the doldrums of last summer is roaring back to life, and Perry faces the threat of criminal charges over accusations that he tried to force the Travis County district attorney to resign. There’s the added intrigue over the allegation that Perry’s aim was to kill an investigation into the scandal-plagued Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). It’s one little thread in the well-worn sweater of Gov. Perry’s long tenure in office, but it threatens to damage his presidential ambitions.

With stories like these, which build up and fade over long periods of time, it’s difficult to follow what’s really going on. Many people—including more than a few national reporters—seemed surprised to learn this week that the longest-serving governor in Texas history may be facing indictment. We hope this primer helps catch you up on the story so far.

So how’d all this start?

Like many schemes, it started with vodka. Rosemary Lehmberg had been serving as Travis County DA for a little more than four years when, late on the night of April 12, 2013, she was pulled over near Lake Travis, west of Austin. Police found an open vodka bottle in the car and arrested her. She verbally berated the arresting officers, and she didn’t stop the verbal abuse when she got to jail. Lehmberg was strapped into a restraining chair. Hours after her arrest, she blew a .239, almost three times the legal limit.

Lehmberg’s jailers starting filming her, as they sometimes do with uncooperative detainees. That footage quickly found its way into the hands of media outlets. It’s incredibly embarrassing stuff—from Lehmberg’s thinly veiled threats against sheriff’s deputies, to her repeated requests to call Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton (“He’s not going to let me sit in jail all night”) to the placement of a hood, commonly known as a “spit mask,” on Lehmberg’s head. She ultimately pleaded guilty and served about half of a 45-day jail term. Calls for Lehmberg to resign started circulating immediately. She didn’t.

Why didn’t Lehmberg resign?

In a word, politics. Lehmberg is a Democrat, and if she stepped down, Rick Perry would be the one to appoint a replacement. Moreover, the Travis County DA—as the prosecutor in the state’s capital—has special responsibilities over a variety of statewide legal issues. Foremost among these powers is the DA’s control of the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates the ethical breaches of state politicians, among a number of other charges.

So?

The Public Integrity Unit might be the most important office in state government run by a Democrat. Gov. Perry has been in office for 14 years—every nook and cranny of state government is filled with his appointees. The Public Integrity Unit is the rare piece that he doesn’t control. In 2005, the work of the Public Integrity Unit led to the indictment of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. So naturally, for years, Republicans in the state have tried to strip that power from the Travis County DA and fold it into Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office.

What’s more, the Public Integrity Unit was in the process of conducting an investigation of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. CPRIT received a ton of money from the Legislature to award grants to high-level medical research projects. The problem: a lot of that money was going to people who shouldn’t have gotten it. And some of those folks had close ties to Perry. Just a few months ago, Lehmberg’s office indicted CPRIT’s former director over his allegedly improper disbursement of an $11 million grant. But when Lehmberg got pulled over with the potato juice in her car last spring, the investigation was just underway.

When Lehmberg’s DWI went public, Republicans saw a way to get rid of a pesky, entrenched foe. (Though they couched this in terms of their deep, abiding concern for the office’s integrity.) Meanwhile, Democrats who would have happily seen Lehmberg canned if the Travis County Commissioners Court could have appointed her replacement rallied around Lehmberg as if she was the last warrior for righteousness on Earth.

But what did Perry do, exactly?

He threatened, publicly, to use his line item-veto power to zero out the Public Integrity Unit’s budget. Since that part of the Travis DA’s office played a statewide role, it was funded by the state. This kind of threat isn’t unusual. Executives use veto threats all the time to get what they want. The difference this time was that Perry had the audacity to do it all publicly. It’s unusual for an elected official to bully another elected official into resigning. And when threats didn’t work, he followed through on it. At the end of last year’s legislative session, Perry eliminated the entirety of the Public Integrity Unit’s funding–some $8 million over two years. Money that was going to investigate, in small part, his own party’s mismanagement of state government agencies, including alleged corruption in CPRIT.

That seems pretty slimy.

It does. The Travis County Commissioners Court pitched in to restore about half of the Public Integrity Unit’s annual budget, which allowed the unit to continue operating at a reduced pace and continue the CPRIT investigation. Residents of the Austin metropolitan area remain very grateful that money didn’t go to road maintenance or a library or whatever.

Couldn’t this whole fight have been really easily avoided if Perry had offered to appoint another Democrat to replace Lehmberg, or ask Travis County to nominate possible successors?

Sure. But Perry really wanted his own person there. We even know, according to some media reports, who it would have been: former Republican state Rep. Terry Keel, someone with excellent ties to the state GOP’s political apparatus.

OK, but that’s how politics goes, right? It’s not beanbag, as they say. What’s illegal about this?

Some charge that Perry’s threat basically constituted blackmail—the state seeking to unduly interfere in local affairs. Lehmberg was elected by the voters, after all. In June of last year, Craig McDonald, the director of the left-leaning watchdog group Texans for Public Justice, filed a complaint (PDF) against Perry in a Travis County court. He charged the guv with a number of criminal acts, including coercion of a public servant, bribery, and abuse of official capacity.

The judge appointed a special prosecutor, Michael McCrum. By most accounts, McCrum is tough and relatively nonpartisan. The investigation ambled along for a couple months until last week, when McCrum broke his silence. He told the Austin American-Statesman that the case had left him “concerned.”

Concerned? By what?

“I cannot elaborate on what exactly is concerning me,” he said to the Statesman. “But I can tell you I am very concerned about certain aspects of what happened here.” When asked if his concerns related to Perry’s actions, he said that they did.

With that, last year’s news came roaring back. The prospect of criminal charges suddenly seemed to become real. A few days ago, Perry hired a very expensive criminal defense lawyer to represent him to the ongoing inquiry. A Travis County grand jury began hearing evidence in the case this week.

Does this hurt Perry even if there’s ultimately no criminal charges?

Maybe. Perry sure looks like he intends to run in 2016. Thanks to Chris Christie, being a “bullying governor” isn’t exactly a hot stock right now. This is a sad little episode all around, and despite the length of this article, it’s relatively easy to explain—Perry blew up something called the “Public Integrity Unit” to undercut a DA he didn’t like. That’s the line Democratic groups are leading with, Lehmberg’s foibles be damned. It undercuts his friendly, down-home image.

But what dinged Christie so bad about Bridgegate was that his victims were innocent—people waiting in traffic, an ambulance delayed. When Christie’s scandal expanded to the even more shocking allegations of a Democratic mayor, there was strangely less outrage. If a conflict is between two political actors, a lot of people think it’s par for the course. One political scientist told The New York Times recently that the case represented an “attempt to criminalize politics.”

There’s an extra layer of irony in this. Perry’s gotten really comfortable with power over the last 14 years. He controls many of the levers of state government. He’s built up large slush funds inside the governor’s office, disbursing them at his discretion to attract businesses and other projects to the state. He’s been accused of cronyism and patronage numerous times, including perhaps corrupting an agency designed to fight cancer.

Yet it’s this Lehmberg thing—a relative afterthought—that’s tripping him up just nine months before he leaves office. He’s like the guy in a cop movie who gets pulled into a firefight on his last day on the job. Or, maybe, The Sopranos’ Silvio Dante, quoting yet another defender of public order and integrity: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

  • hesh R

    Perry is pro illegals. He has no shot once again at the GOP nomination.

  • http://marykmusic.com/ MaryK

    There are three reasons why Perry will never win the nomination to run for the Presidency: his IQ, his limited curiosity about the world, and… uh… oops!

    • http://www.treoholdings.com dalancroft

      But the hair! The new glasses! The down-home folksy charm!

      • Gary

        He does look rather dashing in those glasses. Almost makes you want to attend a cookout with him at his family retreat that I can’t say the name of …

        • George Breithaupt

          Do those glasses really have glass in them????? LOL!!!!!

          • george the sceptical

            They got glass.
            But are they prescription?

    • JR

      ….didn’t stop GWBush????!!!!

    • Kelvin

      He is a Strait Up DUMBASS which comes with having a low IQ. How do you get on a National TV Debate and forget what to say? Because he tried to memorize it. It wasn’t from his Heart, his Passion. Just cause the new glasses make him look better/ fashionable, don’t mean that he is better. He’s still an DUMBASS for not accepting the ACA & Expanding Medicaid for a million plus Texans. Closing those clinics and denying WOMEN their Rights and proper Health Care. Then on top of that you gonna SUPPRESS the Vote of College Students, Older citizens & Minorities Black and Hispanic so they can’t do nothing about it. He going down just like Tom DeLay!!!

      • Linda

        The description of Rick Perry has yet to stop any politician from running for office and it fits just about every politician on the national stage right now.

        • fcabanski

          Liberal “He’s a dumb ass”. Translation into English “He won’t do what liberals want him to do.”

          • Nikkiru

            He was dumb enough to publicly threaten an elected official, rendering what would otherwise be an exercise of executive power into an indictable offense. That strikes me as pretty dumb no matter what your politics.

          • fcabanski

            He was strong enough to publicly tell the liberals he won’t stand for their political games. The indictment was brought by a group of liberals – political enemies for political purposes. It’s not dumb to stand up to rotten people.

          • BigIron8

            He’s already shown he’s dumb enough to do things even most stupid people would know better than to do. He is already sold out to the PTB/NWO.

          • george the sceptical

            Um, no.
            The indictment was brought by a grand jury who weighed the evidence for months.

          • UTcountryguy

            As the governor, he can actually use the veto power how he wants. He was right to try to force her to resign her post. She should no longer be able to hold the post. If Perry was a Democrat, all you screaming for his head wouldn’t say a thing – as is illustrated by your silence when it comes to Lehmberg’s conviction, and refusal to resign. If she were a Republican, you would be screaming for her resignation.

          • george the sceptical

            Actually, we have no problem with Lehmberg resigning.
            But we want someone who is non-partisan appointing the replacement.
            Are you now going to argue that Perry is non-partisan?
            But to your point: No. He cannot use the veto power as he pleases.
            Not when quid pro quo comes into the equation.

            That violates Texas law.

          • Kevin Bruce

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAJNntoRgA
            no he is divisive and on the wrong side of things like gay rights. social issues are what are sinking republicans.

            do the math what is the year to year cost for the the average middle class person under a republican vs a democrat tax wise may be $100. i donate more than that to charity each year and i only make about 60,000. someone making my wage or less that is at best 2 dollars a week, what does that 2 dollars a week get me? a party that holds the same social views as i do for the most part a party that is more open to following the data a party that supports teaching evolution via natural selection in school a party that is far more supportive of nonbelievers such as my self. a party far more dedicated to keeping the government secular as our founding fathers intended.

            you need any more proof he is not the guy for the job? the song Friday by rabecca black has less dislikes than perry’s “strong” commercial.and it is a completely horrid song. how out of touch do you have to be to think suggesting gays serving open in the military is wrong?

          • fcabanski

            Yup, that’s how you liberals play it. If he doesn’t agree with you, then he’s divisive and on the wrong side, and if you can swing it he’s guilty of criminal activity for disagreeing with you.

          • brantl

            No, he’s guilty of criminal activity, when he gets convicted, which looks prettly likely.

          • fcabanski

            Yup, criminal activity which you liberals define as anything that defies you.

          • http://www.thumbsnap.com/v/gFBboTLC.jpg TheBiggerPicture

            Are you really that stupid to think the repukes aren’t criminal???

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            You know, the Biggest excuse I have ever seen from the Democrat Party is “well, the Republicans do it too”! The only problem is that the Democrats do so much more of it that it gives true and honest politicians a bad name. Nancy Pelosi, we must vote for it to find out what is in it and Harry Reid who makes implications about person with no proof to back it up and some cases destroying those persons reputations. Shall we talk about those who insight riots like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson? Forcing Christian Businesses to perform for Gay Weddings (Eric Holder and the President) when the Bible they are obeying clearly states the behavior is an abomination. Do Christians hate such people—no,no,no–the sin, the behavior.(Because some of us were involved in such behaviors before we gave our lives to Him). I know well enough that God can deliver anyone from something that can reduce lifespans by 20 years, besides cigarette smoking or drunkenness. If Ms. Lehmberg had been humble, we would have never known about what she had done, but because she misbehaved, we all now know.

          • George Breithaupt

            Bullshit!!

          • UTcountryguy

            Not on any level compared to that of democrats.

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            You need to see what the official actually did not only at the police stop but how she behaved in jail. If my mayor of my city or a prosecutor behaved like she did, I would not want her reflecting my city. I would want her to resign.

          • BigIron8

            I would demand that she be prosecuted for drunk driving, resisting arrest, etc. but there IS something called “due process” which is so often overlooked today. This is certainly NOT the first time Perry has acted in ways that show he not only has no real concept of what the Constitution is about but not even a common sense approach to what his actual “powers” are, should be and how to limit his abuse of them.. .

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            Ms. Rosemary Lehmberg is the Prosecuting Attorney for the INTEGRITY UNIT policing ELECTED OFFICIALS. Do you really want someone in an official position who flaunts her authority? She kept asking for the Sheriff as if expecting special favors. Think, head of the integrity unit. If my boss, a governor asked me to resign, I think I would without question. But no! I have a bone to pick with both the Democrats and the media. I was in a March for Life in Houston, and it went great. We had one person act out and guess who the media focused on? The democrats through the mayor of Houston have through an ordinance given the authority for male transgenders to use women’s restrooms. California has already made it law that transgender males can use school girl’s restrooms. Is this info provided in the media or the info about Ms. Lehmberg? What do you think a democratic governor would do in Texas? They have a similar law in San Antonio for transgendered males under another democrat mayor. Ms. Lehmberg tried to use the sheriff to give her a get out of jail free card when she was being booked. When it comes to conservatives do you think they would ever be able to assume the same prestige? Our president has the same logic as Ms. Lehmberg. Excuse my irritation about democrats making law without due process! So The Governor did the only thing he could do in a Hard Corp Democratic stomping ground as Travis County and vetoed the funding bill. He has that authority and did not break the law, as Ms. Lehmberg thought she could. She got due process for DUI but not for embarrassing the state of Texas.

          • http://www.thumbsnap.com/v/gFBboTLC.jpg TheBiggerPicture

            You apparently didn’t read the entire story: “Couldn’t this whole fight have been really easily avoided if Perry had offered to appoint another Democrat to replace Lehmberg, or ask Travis County to nominate possible successors?

            Sure. But Perry really wanted his own person there. We even know, according to some media reports, who it would have been: former Republican state Rep. Terry Keel, someone with excellent ties to the state GOP’s political apparatus.”

          • muckeypuck

            why shouldn’t he? The democrats had their chance and blew it with a drunk. Why do they feel like they deserve special considerations they surely wouldn’t have afforded him were the shoe on the other foot?

          • UTcountryguy

            The same argument can be made about the Democrats wanting their own person in there – which is why Lehmberg would not resign. She broke the law. She should have resigned. Perry was justified in calling for her resignation – and every right to appoint someone to the position, as prescribed by law. Why would he, or should he, appoint someone from the opposing party? That is not how it works. You wouldn’t demand the same of a democrat in Perry’s place.

          • george the sceptical

            Perry is NOT Lehmbergs boss, dumbass….
            She is elected by the voters of Travis County.

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            The Governor can ask anyone to resign. The Governor can veto any bill he wishes. If someone resigns, he the authority to replace that person with anyone he wants. Ms. Lehmberg shamed her position. She did not have to drive drunk. She also did not need to act out and or ask for special privilege to get the Sheriff to get her out of this predicament.
            Your negative reference to me shows your intelligence. Lets get this straight. She was the lead prosecutor of a department specifically requiring integrity. Hers was the opportunity to show restraint and to behave with character. She showed on the video she was not willing to do either. Would she continue to drive while intoxicated—her behavior indicated she would. You don’t get almost 3 times the blood alcohol level on 2 glasses of wine! This would indicate she was not telling the truth.

          • george the sceptical

            Completely different prosecutor.
            You’re thinking of Ronnie Earl.
            Nobody’s getting any “special legal status”.
            They just want to be treated like everyone else and not get hassled because of who they love.
            The Right has long sense lost that battle and they continue to lose in the courts.
            But they just want to be assholes about it….

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            Ok, that’s fine, does not change the adverse behavior by Travis County prosecutors because of their association with the Democrat Party. So, you like the idea of same sex, nothing wrong with it. What about group marriages, or marriage between man and animal. Relativism, no holds barred, you like absurdity. Well, let me provide proof of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Read and study. Prove your wisdom. Since you are so wise about relationships.
            The Bible, with the Hebrew Old Testament Text and the original Greek New Testament do things that no other religious text of any other World Religion does; obviously God wrote the Book.
            Ivan Panin, a Harvard Hebrew, Greek, and Mathematical Scholar researched the numerical values of the Hebrew and Greek letters. He sent 43,000 pages of numerical research to the Nobel Research Committee in 1900, and they could not refute the fact that God through 44 inspired writers wrote the Bible.
            Del Washburn has written two books expanding on the numerical values, Theomatics and Theomatics II. (See http://www.biblecode.com)
            The most amazing proof that the Creator of the Universe wrote the Bible through the inspired men of God is the Equidistant Letter Sequences. The NSA tried to duplicate these codes and failed. Harold Gans, the lead code breaker for the Pentagon, before he died, satisfied himself that God wrote the Bible, by using a mathematical formula to determine the probabilities involved in creating codes throughout a surface text like the Old Testament (www.biblecodedigest.com). Through the code, the multitude of information reads like yesterdays news–you must know the names, events, persons involved, locations, and/or the dates.

            The original text of the Old and New Testament with the letter numeric values and the multitude of Equidistant Letter Sequences should be enough to prove to anyone that the God of the Bible, is the Creator of the Universe. In the Book of Daniel, where the angel told Daniel to close up the book until the TIME OF THE END, the word “COMPUTER” is encoded. There are thousands of words, names and locations encoded in the Old Testament. If you are thinking that some super intelligence wrote this book other than God, let me remind you from Numbers 23’19”, “God is not a man that He should lie….” No human or computer can duplicate anything resembling the quantity of ELS coding in a surface text like the Bible does.

            In Ezekiel 36′ 25″-27″ it describes God’s way of salvation–“I will remove your stoney heart and give you a heart of flesh (being born again and receiving Jesus as your Savior), I will sprinkle you with water and make you clean (water baptism), and put my Spirit in you to cause you to walk in my laws and statutes (receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit).
            The Bible is the Manufacturer’s Handbook for Planet Earth!
            Post Scripts
            Sources: His Name is Jesus, The Genesis Factor, The Signature of God, The Writings of God, The Mysterious Bible Code (book and DVD’s), Cracking the Genesis Code, Bible Code Bombshell, The Torah Codes and Israel Today, Computorah/The Bible Code I, II, &III, bibleprobe.com/jesuscode.htm, Yeshua, http://www.biblecodedigest.com, http://www.biblecode.com and there are so many more.

            Ivan Panin corrected an Exhaustive Bible Concordance using what he called the Bible Numerics. He said if there were 2 words found in the Greek in a sentence and you wanted to know which word to use, the word that harmonized with the sentence numerically was the correct word. He provided a Greek Numeric New Testament. Example of Bible Numerics: In the first sentence in the Old Testament, Genesis 1’1″, every verb is divisible by 7, every noun, and more; there are over 34 features of the number 7 in that sentence alone.Some of theBible codes found: Hitler, Holocaust, Eichmann, Fuhrer, Meinkampf, Berlin, Germany, Belson, King of the Nazis, Crematoria for my Sons, (for satistical purposes only-there are more) 66 names of Rabbis-the cities in which they lived-dates of death, Anwar Sadat-1981-parade-shot-gunfire-Chaled (his assassin), Yitzcshak Rabin-Israel-will be murdered-date born-date of death-location of the assassination-assassin’s name-Oslo Peace Process, both Wars in the Gulf, George Bush, Saddam Hussein-America Shwarzkopf-the missiles will terrify-Scud B-they shut the door-3rd of Shavat-empty the gas, Murrah Building-Tim-Mcveigh-slaughter-desolate, (in Genesis 38′) all the ancestors of King David, (in Genesis)25 trees are named, (between Isaiah 52′ and 55′) Behold the Blood of Jesus-Let Him Be Crucified-Mary-Joseph-Jesus is my Name…
            The most interesting code for me was the marriage of a couple whose parents wanted to know if their names were encoded. Not only were the couples names encoded but so were the names of all the persons in the wedding party/
            How long will you remain without knowing the Creator of the Universe. God said in Genesis that marriage is between a man and a woman. Jesus reiterated that statement in two gospels. In Romans it speaks of the same sex relationships as being abominations. Do you want to continue the same path you are on?

          • george the sceptical

            So now you have gone full hyperbole.
            So have you ever worn a polyester blend?
            Well according to the Buy Bull we gotta stone you to death.
            Sorry. Nothing we can do about it….
            Unless, you separate Church from State.

            Hey! That sounds like a good idea. Doncha think (or do you?)?
            Meanwhile, bite me….
            Freedom of religion means freedom from idiots like you telling people what to think.

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            Someone shows you proof that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are real. Mathematical demonstration of both the fact that this God sees through time and knows the end from the beginning and all you can do is make a fool of yourself? You want to laugh at Christians when they have the only reality. Well Mr. smarter than the average fool, can you encode 39 books in Hebrew and create coding that describes every event a few thousand years in advance.. All of the info is there about Hesbollah, Islam,Isis, the names of world leaders, on and on and on and on? According to your way of thinking all of the Founding Fathers were theocrats. You love to jump to false conclusions thinking you are going to embarrass me. You are embarrassing yourself. Did you know that 1/3rd of the Constitution came from the Bible and the other 2/3rds came from the mouths of the legal theologians of the time?

          • george the sceptical

            Of course is it….
            And David Barton is a great historian.

            You can’t convince a believer of anything; for their belief is not based
            on evidence, it’s based on a deep seated need to believe.
            Carl Sagan

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            Documentation, evidence seemingly means nothing to you . You want to believe a lie because it is more convenient not to face the truth. That’s fine. I have a book for you which I doubt you will read. “Hell” by Bob Weise. You might need to know what you are and your friends are going to experience.

          • george the sceptical

            Aw Bite Me, Dexter.
            I don’t believe in Nostradumbass either.
            Simple explanations for simple minds.
            The Buy Bull is no more true than the Koran.

            Here’s what I know: You’re all nuts.

            I’m afraid I’m going to have to refer back to Sagan.
            A man much smarter then you and me put together….

            One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled
            long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no
            longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured
            us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that
            we’ve been so credulous.

            Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of
            confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and
            courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of thought, we
            cannot hope to solve the truly serious problems that face us — and we
            risk becoming a nation of suckers, up for grabs by the next charlatan
            who comes along.

            The idea that God is an oversized white male with a flowing beard who
            sits in the sky and tallies the fall of every sparrow is ludicrous. But
            if by God one means the set of physical laws that govern the universe,
            then clearly there is such a God. This God is emotionally
            unsatisfying… it does not make much sense to pray to the law of
            gravity.

            The major religions on the Earth contradict each other left and right You
            can’t all be correct. And what if all of you are wrong? It’s a
            possibility, you know. You must care about the truth, right? Well, the
            way to winnow through all the differing contentions is to be skeptical.
            I’m not any more skeptical about your religious beliefs than I am about
            every new scientific idea I hear about. But in my line of work, they’re
            called hypotheses, not inspiration and not revelation.

            Anything you don’t understand, Mr. Rankin, you attribute to God. God for
            you is where you sweep away all the mysteries of the world, all the
            challenges to our intelligence. You simply turn your mind off and say
            God did it.
            —————————————————————————————————

            You may be ready to turn your mind off, I am not.
            If your god did not wish you to use your mind, and instead to simply follow blindly, then why did he give us a mind? Why have a thought process at all?
            Like your religion, it doesn’t make sense.
            If there is a god, and he wants me to worship him, and he wants me to show up in a tax free building on Sunday, why doesn’t He tell me so?
            Wait! I got this! ‘Cause it’s all bullshit!!
            Give all your money to the church, Dexter.
            Do it today.
            You are such a strong believer that surely they will take care of you!
            Lemme know how that works out for ya……

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            You might want to read “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel who was like you, an atheist who through being an investigative reporter from New York who discovered guess what Evolution is a pipe dream created by a group of people who would prefer not to have to deal with the end of life. You will not research, you live by hearsay and have no proof for what you believe. Reality is base on documentable fact. You believe in fable. You have no evidence you believe fairy tales that have no basis in fact. Well, I tried to educate you but you have determined where you want to go. You and your friends will love lies and never know the Peace of God nor His truth that He made available in this age. Time is short. I am not going to stop you from where you are headed. Also, you may want to read

          • George Breithaupt

            I think Perry is walking a pretty thin line with the court by the way he is behaving.

          • UTcountryguy

            You demand due process for Lehmberg, which she was given, and which led to her conviction – yet you deny due process for Perry. You declare he’s guilty of illegal actions and abuse of his powers, when he has not even been investigated, nor accused of. You liberals are duplicitous hypocrites, and that’s putting it mildly.

          • george the sceptical

            Not investigated?
            So grand juries indict without investigation?
            Wow.
            We’re ALL in a lot of trouble!

          • george the sceptical

            She did jail time.
            Unusual for a first offense.
            I wish it had happened before the election.
            I voted for her opponent.

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            Are you forgetting that the Travis County prosecutor tried this on Kay Bailey Hutchinson? Then he did this to Tom Delay. Let’s see what really happens to him.The Governor can ask anyone to resign. The Governor can veto any bill
            he wishes. If someone resigns, he has the authority to replace that person
            with anyone he wants. Ms. Lehmberg shamed her position. She did not
            have to drive drunk. She also did not need to act out and or ask for
            special privilege to get the Sheriff to get her out of this predicament.
            . Lets get this
            straight. She was the lead prosecutor of a department specifically
            requiring integrity.She does not just prosecute in Travis County, she is responsible for the WHOLE STATE OF TEXAS. Hers was the opportunity to show restraint and to
            behave with character. She showed on the video she was not willing to
            do either. Would she continue to drive while intoxicated—her
            behavior indicated she would. You don’t get almost 3 times the blood
            alcohol level on 2 glasses of wine! This would indicate she was not
            telling the truth.iS SHE PENITENT, IS SHE CONCERNED FOR REPRESENTING THE STATE OF TEXAS?
            Your Travis County Prosecutor, first tried this
            Gambit on Kay Bailey Hutchinson. We will see what happens with Tom
            Delay. I figure that the Democrat Party when they can’t win legally,
            they will defame the character of the person they want to remove.
            Show
            me honor, show me integrity. Is that a problem? Your party has
            already given special legal status to Same Sex Attraction in San
            Antonio, Houston and now trying for Austin. Help and love the sinner, but not the sin.

          • UTcountryguy

            Criminal activity – what about Lehmberg’s criminal activity? Should she not resign??

          • George Breithaupt

            I thin k that goes both ways sometimes. It’s politics. Don’t project.

          • Robadude32

            Wrong side of things????? Your wrong or my right???? That is really rich sir when the current scum bag occupying our white house ONLY USES POLLS WHEN IT’S CONVENIENT FOR THEM – get it now??? When there is extreme incompetence in our white house we have no redress other than to wait the term our for this scum bag.

          • George Breithaupt

            Liberals think they are on the right side of things; Conservatives think they are on the Koch side of things. It’s just getting harder and harder for the GOP to sell their brand of Democracy to the people.

          • george the sceptical

            I hear ya, brother!
            And boy was the Bush term a LONG one!!

          • Nohiros

            Oh well. I guess he should have married a man. Would that have changed anything?

          • Dexter L. Wilson

            So you think that a man transgender should be able to go into a lady’s restroom, public restroom like what was passed in Houston? Wrong on the issue? Same type ordinance exists in San Antonio. God protect our children from people like you!

          • George Breithaupt

            Yes I hope Spiderman protects your children. …What? Spiderman’s a fictional character, you say? Oh I guess that’s why I got him confused with God.

          • dexterwilson

            Obviously you are gay or an atheist or both. Below, you will find obvious proof that the creator of the Universe wrote the Bible. You will attempt not to read the whole thing because you do not want to believe in God. I hope others beside you will read this but you would almost have to be a believer first. I remember when I was trying to quit smoking I would not listen or read the reasons for quitting until I went to a clinic to quit. Here is your evidence that you can even check all the sources yourself.

            The Bible, with the Hebrew Old Testament Text and the original Greek New Testament do things that no other religious text of any other World Religion does; obviously God wrote the Book.
            Ivan Panin, a Harvard Hebrew, Greek, and Mathematical Scholar researched the numerical values of the Hebrew and Greek letters. He sent 43,000 pages of numerical research to the Nobel Research Committee in 1900, and they could not refute the fact that God through 44 inspired writers wrote the Bible.
            Del Washburn has written two books expanding on the numerical values, Theomatics and Theomatics II. (See http://www.biblecode.com)
            The most amazing proof that the Creator of the Universe wrote the Bible through the inspired men of God is the Equidistant Letter Sequences. The NSA tried to duplicate these codes and failed. Harold Gans, the lead code breaker for the Pentagon, before he died, satisfied himself that God wrote the Bible, by using a mathematical formula to determine the probabilities involved in creating codes throughout a surface text like the Old Testament (www.biblecodedigest.com). Through the code, the multitude of information reads like yesterdays news–you must know the names, events, persons involved, locations, and/or the dates.

            The original text of the Old and New Testament with the letter numeric values and the multitude of Equidistant Letter Sequences should be enough to prove to anyone that the God of the Bible, is the Creator of the Universe. In the Book of Daniel, where the angel told Daniel to close up the book until the TIME OF THE END, the word “COMPUTER” is encoded. There are thousands of words, names and locations encoded in the Old Testament. If you are thinking that some super intelligence wrote this book other than God, let me remind you from Numbers 23’19”, “God is not a man that He should lie….” No human or computer can duplicate anything resembling the quantity of ELS coding in a surface text like the Bible does.
            In Ezekiel 36′ 25″-27″ it describes God’s way of salvation–“I will remove your stoney heart and give you a heart of flesh (being born again and receiving Jesus as your Savior), I will sprinkle you with water and make you clean (water baptism), and put my Spirit in you to cause you to walk in my laws and statutes (receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit).

            The Bible is the Manufacturer’s Handbook for Planet Earth!

            Post Scripts
            Sources: His Name is Jesus, The Genesis Factor, The Signature of God, The Writings of God, The Mysterious Bible Code (book and DVD’s), Cracking the Genesis Code, Bible Code Bombshell, The Torah Codes and Israel Today, Computorah/The Bible Code I, II, &III, bibleprobe.com/jesuscode.htm, Yeshua, http://www.biblecodedigest.com, http://www.biblecode.com and there are so many more.

            Ivan Panin corrected an Exhaustive Bible Concordance using what he called the Bible Numerics. He said if there were 2 words found in the Greek in a sentence and you wanted to know which word to use, the word that harmonized with the sentence numerically was the correct word. He provided a Greek Numeric New Testament. Example of Bible Numerics: In the first sentence in the Old Testament, Genesis 1’1″, every verb is divisible by 7, every noun, and more; there are over 34 features of the number 7 in that sentence alone.Some of the codes found: Hitler, Holocaust, Eichmann, Fuhrer, Meinkampf, Berlin, Germany, Belson, King of the Nazis, Crematoria for my Sons, (for satistical purposes only-there are more) 66 names of Rabbis-the cities in which they lived-dates of death, Anwar Sadat-1981-parade-shot-gunfire-Chaled (his assassin), Yitzcshak Rabin-Israel-will be murdered-date born-date of death-location of the assassination-assassin’s name-Oslo Peace Process, both Wars in the Gulf, George Bush, Saddam Hussein-America Shwarzkopf-the missiles will terrify-Scud B-they shut the door-3rd of Shavat-empty the gas, Murrah Building-Tim-Mcveigh-slaughter-desolate, (in Genesis 38′) all the ancestors of King David, (in Genesis)25 trees are named, (between Isaiah 52′ and 55′) Behold the Blood of Jesus-Let Him Be Crucified-Mary-Joseph-Jesus is my Name-all the disciples names-Nazarene-Messiah-Shiloh-Passover-Galilee-Herod-Annas-Caiaphas-Caesar-The evil Roman City, (in Zechariah 9’13”)Jesus, (in Zachariah 11’13”)Jesus, (in Daniel 9’26”) The Peace Offering, (in Micah 5’1-2″ Mary, Joseph, and Jesus(Yeshua),(in Matthew 24’7 through 48″) Jesus-Nazareth-Mercy-Lamb, (in Mark 8’9″ through Mark 9’2″) Jesus- Blood-Son-Innocent-Lamb, (in John 5’5″-13″) Jesus-Nazareth-Lamb, the name of the person most responsible for all the satellites circling the Earth and their names—–and on and on and on and on. I don’t think you can find all of the codes. Who knows, the Bible in its original form may be the list of those who’s names are written in the BOOK OF LIFE.
            As for the truth that the Demcrat Party is a party that no longer recognizes YHWH and His Son Jesus. I can only hope you will discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

          • george the sceptical

            Man wrote the Buy Bull you moron.
            And all those who did did so long after the apostles were all dead…
            Your Bronze Age fairy tale has run it’s course.
            As the president said, you have no business in the 21st century…..

          • BigIron8

            But he WILL do what he’s told to do by the Bilderberger / PTB!

      • UTcountryguy

        Like Tom Delay?? Delay’s conviction was overturned on appeal, idiot. He’s not going down, because there is no case .Why should Perry let Lehmberg’s Public Integrity Unit be funded when the head of the Unit can’t even obey the law? If anyone goes down, it should be Lehmberg. She was convicted. That should disqualify her from being the DA. She should have resigned, but since she won’t, she needs to be removed from office, as state law allows.

        • george the sceptical

          Obviously State Law does not apply ’cause she’s still there!
          Perry’s actions amount to a failed power grab.
          Then he tried to extort her and that’s what he’s in trouble for.
          Read the friggin article….

    • fcabanski

      “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” – Oops, he then said he never said that.

      • brantl

        Funny, I kept my doctor, no problem.

        • fcabanski

          Now I’m running circles around you.

          ““What we said was you could keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed.” – Barack Obama, November, 2013

          “First of all, if you’ve got health
          insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your
          doctor, you can keep your plan, period. Nobody is talking about taking that away
          from you.” – Barack Obama, July, 2009

        • Bill Griffin

          I not only didn’t get to keep my doctor, the new one killed my wife.

        • George Breithaupt

          Yes, most people did. I did, no problem. Kept everything, hospital, doctors (plural) Hospital, all my meds. AC has been WONDERFUL to me. If we had had something like this 10 years ago I would have been able to afford a doctor visit, blood glucose test strips and meds. Instead MY diabetes got worse and I lost both legs. You know, just sayin’

      • George Breithaupt

        You know, yes he was wrong about that and e has admitted his mistake.

        • Bill Griffin

          It wasn’t a mistake. Mistake means error. That was no error, it was a blatant lie.

  • 1bimbo

    travis county public integrity unit
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7y7oJ266qI

  • don76550

    Perry did exactly what he was legally entitled to do. How unfortunate if that causes the America haters from the people’s republic of Austin to get their panties in a wad.

    • irrefudiate

      Austin is more like Taiwan, a small island in the People’s Republic of Texas. I agree, Perry’s actions only seem self-serving, but, that’s what the Public Integrity Unit is legally entitled to ferret out.

    • Et Ceterus Paribus

      Austin…Staying weird, screwed up, Democratic and… Low Information since….forever? Ooopsie. I repeated myself five times…

  • radsenior

    Rick Perry—Republican Texas governor, failed 2012 presidential candidate, and potential 2016 retread contender, Streaking Texas Turkey who flamed out over Oopsville, Texas—is battling legal trouble at home, thanks to his controversial veto that demolished the state office tasked with investigating political scandals. Perry’s toast! I live in Texas – one of the reddest states in America, and I have made it a point to get deputized in three counties to register people. State voter ID laws will have a detrimental effect in some areas. Many 18-years olds will not be given the chance to register to vote. Women may be kept from voting because of their driver’s license doesn’t match the voters register. And some state have shortened voting times or polling places. And there are voting monitors who will challenge voters. Lest there be any doubt that TEA-types and Republicans have been devastating the nation with non-passage of legislation and governmental shut-downs.

    • girlcousin

      I can’t believe we don’t have Molly Ivins serving up the popcorn…..

      • Jon Nials

        Dang you are either clueless or uninformed. Mollyi Ivins has been dead for 8 years.

        • renegawlt

          We know. And we miss her. Dang you are either illiterate or drunk.

      • Lilredhead

        I know, I miss her too. She was a great woman, full of wit and common sense. Something the state of Texas needs badly.

    • Bennet Deliduka

      absentee ballots make polling place hours a non-issue…
      and checking the registry to verify your name should not be rocket science…
      alas… convincing the GOP that they get a special voting date the next week…. not so hard…

    • ManiacMagic
      • Dennis Frisby

        beeburp was a fraud, a liar and a traitor and if pugs want to avoid voter fraud, it’s easy ELIMINATE ABSINTEE VOTING. There’s no way to verify who’s voting (of course that would eliminate the retirement and mental hospital repub voters)

        • ManiacMagic

          sooo all the voters like me overseas? Not the voters who arent even citizens?

      • Dennis Frisby

        Please share with us what PROOF you had to offer of YOUR citizenship in order to vote. Follow that up with some well founded proof that illegals are voting. Otherwise STFU

        • ManiacMagic

          Well founded proof? Go read a book idiot. I would GLADLY show my proof if it was required, and I wouldn’t cry about it either. As I’m in Afghanistan I really can’t get anywhere without an ID so my proof of citizenship is given everyday.

          If you think people aren’t voting illegally you have some serious problems that well founded proof wont help.

      • http://www.thumbsnap.com/v/gFBboTLC.jpg TheBiggerPicture

        The fact you quote breitbart says it all…..

        • ManiacMagic

          *golf clap*

    • Sandi Slater

      Radsenior your statement above is not thoroughly thought through. Anyone that feels voting is important will make sure that they meet the requirements. Women are not stupid. We can change our voter’s registration to match our driver’s license or vice versa. Why are Dems so afraid of making sure that people who are voting have that right. If you have nothing to fear then for America sake you should be glad that only American citizen can vote and that they are who they say they are. Your argument for no voter ID does not hold up.

      • stevenharnack

        Do you tea heads think that you are the very first people to give any thought to this subject? Have you ever actually worked at a voting precinct during an election? If you had you would know that far better minds than yours addressed this problem a long time ago and that the only way voting fraud can be perpetrated on any meaningful scale is AFTER the citizen votes. I’ve worked the vote, have you?

        • Sandi Slater

          You act like this law says “only Democrats have to show ID. Everyone does. So are you saying that Democrats are complaining because they do not want to follow the law or that Democrat are not capable of getting the correct form of ID and everyone else is. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican the problems you discuss applies to everyone but it is only the Dems that are in such an uproar. Maybe instead of complaining you should be helping people get their legal IDS.

        • BigIron8

          Why not just show a Birth Certificate to vote.

        • BigIron8

          Automated voting machines are amazingly easy to corrupt and it’s very difficult to spot the fraud as long as they don’t get to too greedy.

        • UTcountryguy

          When voter precincts report more votes than there are registered voters, there is fraud. That happened in several precincts in the presidential election of 2012, and to no surprise, the votes all skewed in favor of Obama.

      • DH234

        We all know it’s also the other items…not just ID’s…a student ID won’t work? Even though they are paying for an education in your state? 18 year olds having hoops to jump because they have not been p[r-registered? To claim it’s just the ID is being stupid…it’s the whole cutting back early voting times and locations..this is not a step forward….and where was the voter fraud? Anyone got a meaningful,factual piece of evidence there was a lot of voter fraud? Or is it that imaginary dead people and illegals again? Nope been proven false many times over…..It’s not just about the talking point…It’s not just the ID…..it’s all the other crap piled into the changes…

      • runswithbeer

        Republicans in the Texas Legislature calculated that 4-5% of existing democratic voters will not turn out at the polls due to the new voter registration requirements. They designed the new requirements to help them win seats. Republicans are as undemocratic as the Soviets or Taliban. Just ask one about what they think about true democracy.

        • Robadude32

          It exactly reminds me of the scum bag in our white house who used every friggin scummy political maneuver to push through the so called Obamacare down our throats. Please keep that in mind as it happens on both sides.

          • http://www.thumbsnap.com/v/gFBboTLC.jpg TheBiggerPicture

            For all you idiots out there babbling about Obamacare…. Obamacare is a boondoggle for the corporatist health care industrial complex that slowly kills so many. You’ve been duped to wag the dogs tail which distracts you from the fact that pills in the U.S. cost well over 50% more than they do in the E.U. That is a fact. Obamacare sucks, but not for the reason you’ve been duped to think.

        • Dexter L. Wilson

          Yeah they won’t turn out because they have been dead and there won’t be someone who will be able to use their name. My wife had a little bit of difference on her driver’s license yet she was able to vote. Oh my, maybe they made a mistake!

      • manhattanmike

        Some Republicans have actually admitted that their voter ID laws are intended to prevent Democratically-leaning voters from exercising their franchises, and even the Bush administration could not find any evidence of appreciable, deliberate voter fraud.

      • Randy Todd

        Voter suppression is a very serious problem in our country! I went to school in southern California, but at the time I lived in an RV. My address was only a post office box. When I went to register to vote it was rejected because I did not provide a physical address and instead I provided a PO box. When I told them I was like a transient and that I did not have a physical address they did not care. What I learned is that homeless Americans are not entitled to vote. Now I live in Germany and I don’t even need an address to vote!!! I go to the embassy, present my passport and vote. It’s a farce!!! We can sure as hell make sure every American Citizen is registered with their SS number and pays their taxes to the IRS, but we sure do not put the same effort forward for ensuring those same people can vote without undo hinderance.

        • Bill Griffin

          Present your passport. Souds like a photo ID to me.

        • UTcountryguy

          You need an address so they know which precinct you are allowed to vote in. Without an address, one could go vote in more than one location, as has been done by others voting fraudulently.

    • BigIron8

      We NEED to find an acceptable candidate who is NOT endorsed by the Republicans or the Democrats. The endorsement by either party should be a death knell for the endorsed candidate. Both parties are/have become corrupt “minions” of the PTB/NWO.

    • Dexter L. Wilson

      Shall we talk about LBJ and took boxes of votes?

      • http://www.thumbsnap.com/v/gFBboTLC.jpg TheBiggerPicture

        Shall we talk about GHWB in his role of the Kennedy Assassination??

        • UTcountryguy

          Take off you tinfoil hat, you goon.

  • InLineFour

    Wow. Just imagine what could have happened over the past 5-1/2 years if D.C. had a Public Integrity Unit with this kind of power at the federal level, over every federal office, and it was led by a Republican DA (not a RINO, but one with stones like Lehmberg). So many heads would have rolled in obama’s 1st administration that there wouldn’t have been any left to roll except obama’s. Wonder if obama’s Ministry of Information, the mainstream media (“this is old news. nothing to see here. move along.”) could have gotten Low Information Voters to re-elect an Impeached obama in 2012?

    • TEDjosa

      what would happen to obama if they had folks like lehmberg in wdc whats obama done that gw bush jr hasnt done your reaching for something that ain t there

  • Sam Oakin

    Wow! Talk about much ado about nothing! If Travis County tries to pursue this, it will blow up in their faces just like the time they tried to prosecute Kay Baily Hutchison for having her assistant pick up some lipstick from the drug store.

    • irrefudiate

      I agree, it lacks luster, but then, Al Capone failed to pay his taxes. And, there is ample evidence that witch-hunts don’t cause the hunter all that much pain, well except for Joe McCarthy.

    • CarolinaGirl3

      Oh Travis County. Who never met a Republican they didn’t want to prosecute.

    • rikster

      Lipstick? More like phone calls, trivial all the same. The coverup (shredded documents or something) made it more harrowing for the Hutchisons heading into an election. I don’t think this one is as trivial plus, Rick’s a sitting governor with sweet dreams of being the POTUS.

  • David

    They need to check his so called rainy-day fund !!!!

    • irrefudiate

      The magic wallet.

  • TEDjosa

    fire the liar

  • TEDjosa

    sounds like lehm berg is sober sounds like perry made more out of this then it ws

  • GAA

    Governor Good Hair is a worthless peckerwood.

  • charliemoney3

    Rick ” Machiavelli ” Perry ! He does good to his friends and harm to his enemies. Any questions ?

    • rikster

      Yes. I have one. WTH did he serve so long?

      • Lilredhead

        WTH did he serve so long? Because people in this state don’t vote. Repubs in this state win their offices with very small percentages of the populace. We have 26 million people living in this state, and when only 30% of the population votes, people like Perry are kept in office by the moron’s who vote to keep him there. Want to rid the state of corruption and repub rule? Vote them out. Why do you think the repubs have been working so hard to make it as difficult as possible to vote? They know what is coming should the people of this state wake up and start paying attention and voting. Repub rule would be gone if all people eligible to vote did so. My husband and I became voter registrars and have been registering as many people to vote as we possibly can. It’s a great way to meet people, and hear their concerns, and to also help them find facts about their elected representatives and exactly what those reps are doing or not doing. People need information, but first they need to become involved.

        • Linda

          LOL… the other % are illegal!

  • SocraticGadfly

    It’s now officially time to see if Perry is indicted for what could be a first-degree felony: http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/05/tricky-ricky-perry-is-officially-in.html

  • Marion Miranda-Keane

    rick Perry is a low life hypocrite !

  • http://drawandstrike.blogspot.com/ Brian Cates

    Indicted for a threat to cut funding. Well played, Travis County.

    /sarcasm off

    • ultragreen

      Not just a threat, Perry really did cut off funding for the prosecution unit that was in charge of investigating his activities.

      • Concerned American

        and Yet just like the US Congress can override the presidents veto the state congress can override the governors Veto. They didn’t.

        • rikster

          A chance to correct an unlawful act, missed or taken with some form of due process does not make the act lawful. Since both houses of the Texas legislature are 2:1 Republican, you’re not exactly tossing the question over to Lady Justice. No one could ever accuse the Texas appelate courts of being THAT partisan.

          • Bill Griffin

            What is illegal about a governor using his or her constitutional authority to issue a line item veto?

          • BigIron8

            It was straight out “ABUSE OF AUTHORITY”! He used/misused that authority he was given, a mistake he has made before; he SHOULD be prosecuted for that. Forrest Gump would have known better …and had a better “moral compass” to boot.

          • Bill Griffin

            20 dollars says you don’t feel the same way about Obama’s abuse of HIS authority. In fact, I bet you say “What abuse of authority? Boehner is a moron.” or something similar. Tell me, why are so many prominent DEMOCRATS saying this is stupid?

          • Bill Griffin

            $20 says you don’t think the same thing about Obama’s abuse of authority.

          • Bill Griffin

            $20 says you don’t have a problem with Obama’s abuse of authority though.

        • stevenharnack

          In case you failed to read the article, Perry has “line item veto” power which leaves the state congress out of it. Try to keep up. Guess your not concerned enough to learn anything about the subject, eh?

          • rikster

            There is no contest to the governnor’s power to veto. There is nothing in the indictment(s) challenging his power nor the decision made.

        • runswithbeer

          IT’s against Texas State law to BLACKMAIL a PUBLICLY elected official to force them to resign from office. Hince the charges

          • Concerned American

            well then its a good thing perry was not trying to blackmail her. But I see you would rather have a drunkard who tried to abuse her authority as DA of Travis county to get out of a DWI (in case you didn’t know it doesn’t matter who you are driving while under the influence is illegal and puts others at risk for your decisions to drive while impaired.) But you see no problems with this person heading the Public integrity unit when she has proven herself to not have integrity. Also I would implore you to look up the definition of blackmail as this situation does not fit the definition of that action.

          • Lilredhead

            Okay then, how about the two republican DA’s that were convicted of drunk driving here in Texas? Perry didn’t insist they resign. Wonder why? The only reason Perry went after her was because her unit was getting to close to finding out what Perry was doing with that cancer fund. That is why he went after her. If he is so concerned with drunk officials resigning, then he should have made as big a stink about the two republicans that were convicted. Also, Lehmberg is not the DA going after Perry, it is two REPUBLICANS going after him. Try and keep up with the truth instead of spreading more misinformation. Perry was trying to blackmail Lehmberg, and that is why he was indicted. He has every right to VETO anything he chooses, he simply cannot break the law to do it.

      • Bill Griffin

        Yeah, maybe because the drunk running that investigation disqualified herself from that position and refused to resign.

        • rikster

          I sense strong anger in your truthy language and inaccurate word choices.

          • Bill Griffin

            truthy language? Inaccurate word choices?

          • Bill Griffin

            “truthy” language? What is “truthy” language?

      • UTcountryguy

        He cut off finding for a corrupt official, who should resign her post,

    • renegawlt

      That’s not what happened. Read the article and try to keep up. /snark off

  • dilsin

    The legal case will fall apart as the Governor has the power to veto legislation for any and all reasons. The remedy is to override the veto, not indict the governor. My guess is that the Dems know this, but couldn’t wait to see the headline “Governor Perry Indicted”. The indictment is more an abuse of power than the veto.

    • ultragreen

      Oh, so the ordinary folks on the grand jury are abusing their power again. Don’t they know that all power is supposed to belong to politicians like Perry?

      • Jon Nials

        Ah, Argument from utter cluelessness. The governors veto power is a plenary power. Here’s a definition for you. http://definitions.uslegal.com/p/plenary/

        To move it to words understandable to you, he cannot abuse the power because he has the right to veto anything he wants. The legislature can choose to override it (they did not). A pile of partisans in Austin don’t get to change that. Well, except the partisans in the legislature.

        • texasaggie

          Speaking about clueless, no one is arguing that he isn’t allowed to veto. That is legal. What flew right over your head is that he is NOT allowed to tie his veto to stopping an investigation into his wrongdoing. It’s the Willingham investigation all over again.

          • runswithbeer

            BINGO, but you just left out the word BLACKMAIL.

        • rikster

          You are incorrect. Plenary power can well be abused. Look, the partisanship of the parties are not in question. The partisanship of our Texas judicial system, almost as much. These are polarized times, even rabidly partisans shouldn’t pretend otherwise.

    • rikster

      The mitigation or potential mitigation of a crime’s effect doesn’t nullify the crime. For example, if someone held up a convenience store and for whatever reason took nothing, the crime was no less committed.

      This indictment sheds light for voters on possible state corruption. I would think this is going to bode worse for the Texas Republican party than for Rick’s dream to be POTUS. Rick’s dream always sounded fairly dreamy from the getgo.

      • dilsin

        The potential for damage to the Texas GOP and for Perry’s White House dreams are, of course, the main point of the indictment because the idea of a Governor being indicted for exercising a power he absolutely possesses under the Texas Constitution is just silly.

        • rikster

          A lawful right to exercise power does not cover its unlawful use of it. Taking from your language above, is the power we “absolutely possess”, the same as possesing absolute power? Some Englishman once said that absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

          • dilsin

            Your argument, while superficially clever-sounding, is nonsense. A plenary power is just that – plenary. Governors can veto legislation for any reason or no reason at all. If the legislature feels the veto is wrong in any way, it can override or even impeach, but to make a veto a criminal act is in itself an abuse of the process. The only way it could be criminal is if he received a quid pro quo (e.g bribery). But he has an absolute right to veto funding for a department if he feels the head of the department is not suited to the job.

            The case of Clinton selling pardons as he left the white house was a much better case than this one but even then, they couldn’t find the evidence to build a case of bribery.

          • rikster

            I agree with and understand your good argument though it does not address Rick’s indictment. His indictments are not a challenge to his powers or veto (correct me if I am wrong). They both remain uncontested. Yet your mention of prosecuting Clinton re:pardons is more the approach of the indictments. Similarly Clinton and Rick both have M.O.s. For Clinton its alleged to be money. For Rick his M.O. is either replacing the investigator or shutting the office down investigating corruption by his office. So the two prosecutions would be similarly based on M.O.

            However the big difference between the two prosecutions would be evidence. We all have experience with Clinton’s cleverness if not his ability to outright deny. But not in Rick’s case. Rick clearly and publicly expressed his demands and also his intentions if his demands went unmet. And then, true to his word, Rick exercised his absolute power to defund the investigation into corruption. Two words you want to avoid in a complaint against an executive of anything : corruption and “absolute power”. As for Rick’s cleverness … oops! :)

          • dilsin

            I still can’t find anything in the law that makes it a crime to veto legislation for any reason at all. Any threat of a veto is coercive by its nature. It’s a way to get legislators to do something that the executive wants. Whether that something is for an official to resign or for a legislator to include/remove something from a bill, I don’t see the legal difference.

          • rikster

            Gov “Pa” Ferguson was impeached as the result of coercion followed by a veto. The indictments cite two statutes : 39.02 and 36.03. That’s all there is probably.

          • dilsin

            Ferguson was impeached, not convicted in a criminal court. That would be the proper remedy here as well if the people of Texas believe it to be warranted..

          • rikster

            With a Republican super majority in both houses, the Dems probably did the math already on that.

          • dilsin

            Just because you don’t have the votes in the legislature doesn’t mean it’s ok to pervert the criminal law process to reach your goals.

    • Lilredhead

      He has the power to Veto, not to try and blackmail or coerce elected representatives of the state to do his bidding. The indictment is spot on about Perry’s abuse of power. It was lovely to see the headline “Governor Perry Indicted”, as he so richly deserves it.

      • dilsin

        Every threat of a veto is coercive in nature. It says “If you do not include things i want in this bill or if you include things I do not want, I will veto it.” It is the executive’s attempt to coerce legislators to do what the executive wants. How many times has Obama threatened to veto Republican backed bills? Google it and find out. Does that mean he is a felon for “blackmailing” these legislators into doing his bidding? That would be a ludicrous argument, just as it is in Perry’s case.

        • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/12/nancy-elliott-anti-gay-ne_n_460544.html Former Representative Elliott

          “How many times has Obama threatened to veto Republican backed bills?”

          Obama threatens to veto the Republicans into developing viable bills. So far, no such luck.

          • runswithbeer

            Obama didn’t threaten BLACKMAIL to remove these Republicans from office.

          • runswithbeer

            If Obama had blackmailed a republican like this FOX would have exploded like the Martians on Mars Attacks.

          • Bill Griffin

            And FOX makes policy for who? What difference does it make what FOX does or doesn’t do?

        • runswithbeer

          Nothing in your comment about Blackmailing someone to force them to resign. That’s the part Perry is having trouble with but the entire planet understands, well as least the non-republicans..

          • dilsin

            You’re looking at it from a partisan perspective and thinking how great it is to stick it to Republicans. I’m looking at this from a legal perspective, and I just don’t see that it is illegal to veto a funding bill even for the express purpose of forcing an government official to resign. It certainly isn’t blackmail, which involves demanding money to refrain from doing something harmful to someone. I don’t see it as coercion either under the Texas law, as the statute seems to be dealing with instances of imroper influence in the performance of one’s duties (e.g. coercing a DA to drop charges in a specific case). I don’t see that pressuring someone to resign is improper coercion under the statute. It also appears to exempt the Governor acting in his official capacity.

            So I don’t say the indictment is wrong just because Perry is a Republican. I just don’t see it as legally sufficient. I suspect the courts will agree, but if not you can celebrate my wrongness.

          • rikster

            Gracious! Your hiding behind a stop sign would be more successful than hiding your partisanship by referring to your legal arguments as nonpartisan. These indictments have true legal merit to move forward and are not a finding of guilt. Their final merit is in the hands of a jury or judge. My bet is that any early derailment of the indictments will come from as partisan a judge as your false claim that your perspective is nonpartisan. The indictments, in particular the second deserve a serious look. Not to mention a final investigation report of the very thing Perry wanted stopped.

          • dilsin

            I am curious what your judgment that the indictments have “true legal merit” might be based on? Case law? Statutes? Prior legal experience?

            David Axelrod called them sketchy. Liberal law professor Jon Turley called them ludicrous. Liberal legal commentator Jonathan Chait called them unbelievably ridiculous. UCLA Law Professor and noted legal analyst Egune Volokh opined that they might be constitutionally impermissible. Former Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Frey said the indictments were one of the most outrageous abuses by a prosecutor he had seen.

            And it’s not like Travis County hasn’t used lawfare as a means of attacking prominent Republicans before – Tom Delay, Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

            But you are sure that the have true legal merit? I’m just curious what that
            might be based on other than pure partisanship and dislike of Gov.
            Perry.

          • rikster

            Yes true legal merit with regard to corruption from my conservative point of view. Its ironic how Rick Perry can express disdain for so-called liberals, especially ACLU types. But today those liberal opinions count. Picture perfect proof Rick’s not a conservative.

    • Nylund

      The issue is not whether or not he is allowed to veto something. You are correct that he is free to do so. The issue is that he used the threat of a veto in an attempt to force a political opponent to step down. Vetoing funding is ok. Threatening to veto funding unless a political opponent resigns may constitute coercion of a public official (which is a felony).

      That is, the power itself may be legal, but the threat to use that power to coerce political opponents into resigning may not be. It’s the difference between President Obama saying, “If the bill Ted Cruz is proposing is passed, I would veto it,” and “unless Ted Cruz agrees to resign, I will veto any bill he supports.”

      • dilsin

        So threatening to use a power that you are 100% legally entitled to use is a crime?

        How many times has Obama threatened to veto a Republican bill unless it includes A, B and C or because it includes X, Y or Z? By your logic isn’t he coercing members of Congress? What is the difference between threatening a veto unless Ted Cruz resigns and threatening a veto unless Ted Cruz agrees to fund unemployment insurance and Obamacare?

        I find no difference legally speaking. And let’s say that Obama threatened to veto a bill unless Ted Cruz resigned. Would that make him a felon? No. The remedy would be an override of the veto.

        Would it have been legal for the legislature to vote against funding the DA’s office unless the DA resigned? If not, who would you indict? Everyone who voted for the defunding?

        This is nothing but hardball politics, which has a long history in Austin from the indictment of Hutchinson to Delay to now Perry. I expect this one to be thrown out quicker than the other two were.

        • rikster

          Self interest for Delay and for Rick Perry is the M.O. The difficulty for Perry’s defense is that Rick stated his threat clearly and publicly and when his demand went unmet – he acted on it. Being he had absolute power to act, he acted on something that was self serving. That there is the biggest “rub” you would never want to go to a jury, even a nonTravis (Republican) one.

          • dilsin

            Wanting to remove an official that you believe is unfit for the job is not self-interest. He was acting in the interests of the state of Texas. Even if you think he wasn’t, that doesn’t make what he did a crime. It just means you disagree with him, so you should fight to override the veto. Again, the indictment is just hardball politics.

          • rikster

            I agree that that is his strongest argument. And maybe Rick demanded resignations from other public servants who were unruly and got booked on a DUI. If he did … good for Rick! If not … well … oops.

        • DH234

          Delay was a proven a crook along with his cronies…he should still be jailed…influence peddlers deserve incarceration….you are un American if you think that’s okay.

          • dilsin

            I don’t know anymore about his case than you, I suppose, but I do know that the Texas Supreme Court vacated his conviction and stated that no laws had been broken.

            My view is that just about everyone in DC is corrupt, but in this particular instance, it was a politically motivated prosecution that never should have happened.

        • runswithbeer

          Did you stop and read Nylund’s comment?

        • Nylund

          First and foremost, my post was solely meant to highlight that the question isn’t does the power exists? Yes, the veto power exists. The question is whether or not it was a legitimate use of that power or an abuse of that power. Specifically, if it was used to coerce a public servant. Coercion of a Public Servant is a crime.

          There is an exception for government officials who are acting in their official capacity during the normal deliberative process. This is where the gray area is. In your hypothetical about Obama demanding “A, B and C,” if A,BC, X, Y, and Z are matters of the substance of the policy, it’d clearly be part of the normal deliberative process. If it’s “unless you quit your job,” then that may fall outside the bounds of normal legislative deliberations.

          As for your other hypothetical, I’d imagine that indictments could be a possibility for anyone who had publicly and clearly stated that their vote was solely based on whether or not a person resigned. If you publicly state, “I’m voting just to stick it to this person I don’t like,” or “I’m doing this to squash an ethics investigation that may get me in trouble,” there’s a chance you may be found to abusing your power. If you kept your mouth shut and explained the vote away as some sort of policy disagreement, none would be the wiser.

          But ultimately, neither your opinion nor mine matters. Furthermore, no one has even been charged with a crime yet. The grand jury may very well find that there was no crime to be charged with.

          • dilsin

            I believe a crime has been charged. From what I’ve read, Perry has been indicted and will be arrested (most likely allowed to surrender himself) and arraigned unless his lawyers can get the indictment quashed.

            I cannot imagine a court saying this was an abuse of power. Given the plenary nature of the veto power, I can’t imagine this will even get to trial. If he had taken money in exchange for a veto or some personal benefit like that, I could see corruption. But in a case where he refuses to fund a unit of government because he wants a public official to resign (and for good reason) – I just can’t see a credible argument that such conduct would amount to felonious behavior.

            Dems are mostly neutered in Texas, so they have a long history of abusing the legal process to make up for their lack of political power.

        • rikster

          Again, the threat to use legal opwers is not the crime, as i read the indictment. His acting on it is. The seperation of power issue will cut both ways. I have no doubt that the immediate disposal of the indictment will be a highly partisan judicial expedient. Texas and Texans deserve a more impartial judiciary, especially on highly charged partisan issues.

      • rikster

        This indictment may create a valuable and necessary boundary in Texas politics, that Texas politics has needed for years.

  • richard mcenroe

    So he’s being charged with …um… felony acting like a Democrat?

  • ManiacMagic

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxX-qhJTfkI thats what happens when you refuse to fund demorats like this.

    • Et Ceterus Paribus

      Exactly.

    • Lilredhead

      I certainly hope you NEVER make a mistake in your life, and then have someone post that mistake every where possible to hurt you even more. How very ugly of you to hurt someone you probably don’t even know. She paid her dues for her mistake. Remember, love the sinner, hate the sin, or is that only for republicans?

      • http://ak4mc.us/ McGehee

        Of course, let’s never hold Democrats accountable for their mistakes. After all, they’re Democrats, bless their empty little heads.

        • Lilredhead

          We should all be held accountable for our mistakes whether we are Democrats or Republicans. I guess you can only see things through your owned biased thinking, which is 100% of the problem in this Country now. Democrats do it, Republicans do it, White people do it, Black people do it. We all need to step outside our comfort zones and try and put ourselves in the shoes of the person we are denigrating and try to see life from the other person’s point of view. That is what makes us human beings. We are all so quick to say the other person is wrong and we are in the right. What we should be doing is opening up and conversing with one another, not shouting each other down. Listening to others is a great beginning, stepping outside our own privilege is another.

          • http://ak4mc.us/ McGehee

            She’s unfit for her office, has brought disrepute to it and to all of the professionals who work in it. She should have resigned, gone to rehab, and then — if she still thought she was in the right profession — then sought a return to a prosecutorial position.

            Check your own bias.

      • ManiacMagic

        What does that have anything to do with that? She refused to resign after showing disgusting disrespect for law enforcement, she shouldnt be in a position of public trust. She refused to resign so they threatened not to fund her office and put tax payers money int he hands of this woman … quite understandable.

        There is a difference between forgiveness and stupidity … should you let someone keep spitting in your face cause you forgive them each time? Grow up.

        • Lilredhead

          When a person does something stupid one time, and pays their dues for that mistake, they should be given a chance to show they have learned from that mistake. I guess you’ve never in your life been given a second chance due to a stupid mistake? The fact that you feel so superior to Lehmberg, and would post that video of her tells all that you are the kind of person of who kicks someone when they are down. It would be a much better world if people would stop with all the political bias and remember that we are all in this together, and should learn to communicate with one another instead of throwing out ugly comments. The people who voted Lehmberg into office are the ones who should make the decision about her staying in office or being asked to resign. They chose to forgive her for her mistake.

          • ManiacMagic

            They didnt choose to forgive her, the local Sheriffs office among many others asked her to resign from her position, she refused because a republican leaning person might get that spot. She chose to drink and drive and blow over 3x the legal speed limit. She represents the highest prosecuting authority in texas and chose to try to bully cops and belittle them, she chose to ruin her career. A person with these problems cant be expected to turn around and prosecute the law hypocritically and then what does she do? Goes after Perry in a political stunt.

            Thats not political bias if any DA screwed up that bad they would know they need to resign. The people chose not to support her after this, she chose to stay for political reasons. Again grow up. Big power means big responsibility, means you are in the spot light with tax payers money and you are expected to maybe idk take a cab when you are drunk? Shes lucky she didnt kill any body and thats the second chance she got. Now the tax payers money also goes to keeping her in jail for half her sentence before she was released.

          • ManiacMagic

            As a Marine you know what happens when I get a DWI or DUI? At the very least I lose rank, and run the risk of being kicked completely out now a days … but a slap on the wrist is good enough for a lib DA who should be given a second chance to prove herself?

  • Fe02Dream

    Republicans like Perry and Walker and Christie and… well, it’s a pretty long list- are only jumping the gun by a couple of years: it’s not quite a police state…. yet… as the good folks of Ferguson so aptly demonstrated. Here’s the deal, though… some 4.2 billion dollars of military hardware is getting transferred to police forces all over the country. Armored cars, grenade launchers, automatic weapons, night vision gear, you name it- and it seems pretty clear they aren’t planning to protect you with it; they’re planning to protect people like Perry from a popular revolution.

  • Charles Hammond Jr

    You know what seems slimy? The fact that a politician only served half of a 45 day sentence for a DUI.

    If the democrats in Texas are all up in arms about a veto then they have a legal remedy for it: namely overturning the Veto.

    If Rosemary Lehmberg was so concerned about keeping her job she would have paid more attention to her alcohol intake or called a cab. If the democrats in Texas were so concerned about holding that appointment maybe they should have called for her swift resignation in exchange for another democrat taking her place.

    But because the democrats fell in line both sides are now playing hardball… and the democrats in Texas are doing so from a position of weakness. Now they’re essentially trying to indict Perry for doing something that is ultimately within his legal power to do so.

    Maybe next time Democrats will do something smart for once and push for government with less powers… or at least a governor who doesn’t have the power of a line item veto.

    • mollee

      Well Texas gave us Georgie and he had a DUI. Why should Lehmberg resign?

      • Charles Hammond Jr

        I dunno… I suppose the DUI has something to do with those reasons.

        Didn’t you guys raise a fit about a DUI when ‘Georgie’ was running for office?

      • Minnie Pearl

        GW was a whole lot younger and certainly not a DA. He didn’t have a blood alcohol level of .239 (his was .10) and wasn’t cited for driving recklessly on the wrong side of the street either. And he didn’t make threats or kick in doors, I’m sure we would have heard all about it if he had. Have you seen the 3 videos of this hag? It tells us a lot about “public integrity” in Austin. Anyone who agreed that she should remain in that position had no concern about justice. Corrupt as hell.

        • Concerned American

          and the real abuse of power is to try to use your authority as a DA in this situation which clearly shows she thought herself above the law. (and was clearly drunk in all the videos)

          • mollee

            The “real abuse of power” is trying to use your office to destroy an entire office because they are investigating you. Rick is corrupt. End of story.

          • Concerned American

            Yes, I’m sure there is plenty of evidence that shows that this was his nefarious plot from the beginning *rolls eyes*

          • Nylund

            The DA broke the law and served time in jail. If Perry also broke the law, then he should too.

          • Concerned American

            and she only served half of a 45 day sentence. No I have to agree with Perry on this one, this is all smoke and mirrors. Its a farce of a prosecution.

        • mollee

          Ricky knows plenty about being unethical. He’s had plenty of practice.

        • Lilredhead

          And you know exactly what happened with GW because you were there and saw it all with your own eyes right? What Lehmberg did was stupid as can be. Don’t try to make George’s offense less illegal simply because he was “younger and not a DA”. People make mistakes all the time in their lives. This was her first offense and she paid the price asked of her. The people who elected her wanted her to stay in office. They were the ones who have the power to tell her to go. Not you, or any other republican who simply hates another person simply because of their politics.

          • Sandi Slater

            She broke the law. She could have killed someone. You or I would have been in a hell of a lot of trouble for what she did. Republican don’t hate the person who is a Dem. They hate that their political views are destroying American. Views that would turn America into a socialist country. That is not acceptable.

          • EriktheRed

            Newsflash for ya: Politicians you like don’t get to use a lawful power for unlawful purposes because you don’t like the political views of those being targeted.

    • Lilredhead

      Blackmail is not legal. Perry stated that he told Lehmberg if she did not resign he would take funding from her office. A Gov is not allowed to blackmail another elected official to get his way. If he had kept his big mouth shut, and just did his veto, he would have been fine. But his big fat corrupt ego got the best of him, so now he gets to face the music.

      • Charles Hammond Jr

        Exactly how is that blackmail? Rick Perry stated that if she didn’t leave office he’d use the line item veto.

        The Line item veto itself is not illegal. Furthermore Lehmberg’s DUI Conviction was public knowledge at this point.

        • EriktheRed

          He has no authority to try and oust her in the first place.

          • Charles Hammond Jr

            He does have the authority to line item veto a budget though.

          • EriktheRed

            Using a lawful power toward an unlawful end is still, ultimately, a crime.

          • Charles Hammond Jr

            The indictment doesn’t talk about the ends. It talks about the means.

            You cannot put criminal intentions as a crime unless there was a criminal act to begin with.

          • EriktheRed

            Oh well, take it up with the Republican prosecutor, then. He seems to think otherwise.

      • William

        Bingo.

      • Charles Hammond Jr

        But this isn’t blackmail at all.

        The definition of the word (legal definition mind you) is thus:

        “the action, treated as a criminal offense, of demanding money from a person in return for not revealing compromising or injurious information about that person.”

        In order for this to be blackmail the fact that the DA was arrested, pulled over, charged, tried, and convicted of drunk driving had to have been kept a secret up to that point.

        It wasn’t. The fact that this very thing happened was plastered all over the 5:00 news long before the veto threat.

  • Baal

    I look forward to seeing the CPRIT investigation. This may not have been as much of an afterthought as the reporter made out.

  • Rebecca

    More Democrat stupidity. Charge a man for veto in funding to a Democrat in charge of the state’s public integrity unit w how cannot find it possible to enforce the law with their leadership. Kinda screwed up reasoning if you ask me, but then I don’t feel the need to fund an integrity unit with no integrity either.

  • MLM

    I see all the people below me love illegals. He is my hero in my book. I’ll send you Texans Jerry Brown if you really want to be screwed….

  • Coffee

    ~ I See Dumb People!

  • rothmere

    So, what. Welcome to politics. Public Integrity Unit. Whose overseer is incapacitated by alcohol and needed custody, arrest and sentencing. One imagines the irony is wasted on Perry’s detractors. Nothing wrong with ‘liberal(s)’ except this generation’s crop of them. The balance is all in this Constitutional Republic. Caught in the middle of this confluence of quickening, is America. From Ivy League stooges, Bush 41 to current potus, Mr. Bojangles, along with den of thieves aka USCongress, taking America backward not forward. They all need to be voted OUT of taxpayer funded sinecures. We need to take a chance and vote anyone presently in, out. Will it work? who knows but America’s destiny still in the balance if she changes direction. Help. Peace.

  • GRusling

    Politics… Start to finish, nothing but politics with the “pot” calling the kettle “black” and only idiots believing EITHER side has the best interest of “The People” in mind. Democrats will do ANYTHING to try and regain a foothold in Texas, but they just can’t make the grade, because they have nothing good to offer. Texas is prosperous – check out California and New York, both run by Democrats…

    • shivabeach

      California is prosperous. Its running in the black. Texas is prosperous, and it also pays the lowest wages going. Has the worst healthcare, worst pollution, worst in education and is worst is a bunch of other levels
      Perhaps you missed the part about the republican mishandling of moneys?

      • Nick099

        Kalifornia in the black????

        OMG. You are delusional.

    • prado4587

      The liberals want us to have high per capita incomes and higher college attainment like in CA and NY. We must not let them turn us into a educated place.

      • Nick099

        Yes and the highest tax rates to keept the poor from upward mobility and dependent while the super rich Democrats in their multi-million dollar apts live a separate existence, with the the rest of us payng for it.
        Yeah that’s a nice Utopia Mr. Wizard.

        Snarky, vacuous comments are not a substitute for intellectual capacity….and reality.

  • http://eaglesforamerica.com jeffbwillis

    Wouldn’t you expect liberal Dems to become irate over an irresponsible DA who demonstrated her own obnoxious tendencies when backed into a corner. Not to say that “two wrongs make a right!” But Perry’s supposed infraction pales in comparison to stuff that has come out of the Obama administration. Lehmberg is simply a vulgar individual. She represents the Travis County extreme left. Perry has spent 14 years replacing similar types who were holdovers from Ann Richard’s regime. Often “getting the job done” involves “political incorrectness.” Dealing with reprobates such as Rosemay Lehmberg goes with the turf.

    • Lilredhead

      What Liberal Democrats become irate over is people who demonstrate their obnoxious tendencies to look the other way when someone of their political party is caught trying to blackmail another elected official out of office because they are power tripping. Lehmberg made a huge mistake. She was raked over the coals by people in her own party for that mistake. Like many republicans do, the Dems decided she needed help and counseling for this mistake. She also had to pay a fine and serve some time in jail. It seems that republicans can always make excuses for their people, and state that they need to be forgiven, love the sinner, not the sin right? Perry’s infraction is unlawful and he will hopefully be prosecuted for his abuse of power. Your picture looks as though you are a mature man. You certainly don’t write like one with comments like “reprobates”. I often wonder when adult human beings will begin to act like adults and stop with the name calling.

      • Nick099

        Typically delusional….and partisan.
        A DA that has been arrested with such a public incident….violent and outrageous conduct…on tape, can no longer do her job. Not in court nor in the public view. The decent thing was to resign….but No!!!! Instead we have folks making ludicrous arguments and blaming the guy trying to preserve the public trust.

        She is the head of the Integrity Unit for cying out loud…..don’t you get what that means???? She has to be beyond reproach. And if she is that bad already….she has done a whole lot more that we did not hear about. Grow up Skippy.

  • mokicat2

    Seems like every person involved in this is a slimebag. There is no “good guy” in this fight. Only politically motivated vendettas. In other words, politics as usual.

  • Nick099

    This writer makes some loose assumptions…..in a democrat’s favor. Like why did’t Perry offer to appoint another dem???? This writer does not know that answer….yet one is offered.

    This DA is a freakin disgrace to have been that violent and that drunk. She should have resigned and went quietly…..but like any democrat these days……they have no shame…..and neither did the writer of this clearly biased article.

    • ron

      Am not a Texan, but another story points out that 2 other Prosecutors one before and one after Lehmberg were convicted of the same DUI charge, but Perry nor said anything about them. This raises the question of WHY?…Politics and not the charges seems to be the motivator. Was her behavior disgraceful? Yes, why only her?

  • http://eaglesforamerica.com jeffbwillis

    Cursing and threatening law enforcement officials in a drunken stupor is unfitting for any elected official. Certain for a District Attorney! Rosemany Lehmberg should have resigned. Period. Never mind “who” would have been her replacement!
    This incident reflects how deep the impasse is among Americans. There are many in Perry’s party who genuinely believe that Eric Holder should spend the remainder of his days in a correctional institution! And, that Harry Reid is obstructing democracy! Both are nothing short of “lawbreakers” from a certain point of view. As a result, Perry supporters consider alleged “touch foul” nothing short of a “witch hunt.”
    Behind it all is the fear that, giving the opportunity to face Hillary Clinton in a Presidential election, Perry will contrast his record versus hers. Contrary to popular opinion, Americans are not stupid! They will see a long list of achievements and accomplishments on Perry’s ledger. And nothing, excepting scandals on Hillary’s. This is the underlying motive behind this politically driven tomfoolery!
    Perry’s Governorship will rank as arguably the most successful in United States History. The state is positively booming. Through it all, he has been forced to deal with “reprobates” such Rosemary Lehmberg. Many were holdovers from Ann Richard’s administration.
    Getting the job done usually amounts to exercising “political incorrectness.” Abraham Lincoln certainly did as much! The difficulty lies in answering to the partisan fools who ignore the big picture. Texas’ success story merits giving Perry the benefit of the doubt! Especially when assessing the merits of the offended.

    • shearnut

      Hogwash. In even observing how Perry acts when the president offers to visit and talk about immigration — I see that Perry is an arrogant, disrespectful fella with tendencies to abuse his power. He plays politics when it’s really inappropriate — when both should be working together at a common cause. Some of us can see through Perry’s actions — and I for one am glad to see he’s being called out on one. I guarantee many would much rather see Hillary in office over Perry. Sorry, he has no chance as being president.

    • braindeadrepublican
      • William

        Perry became a multi-millionaire while earning a state employee salary. He must be lucky.

    • braindeadrepublican

      Perry likes to kill innocent people for politics . http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/09/07/texas.execution.probe/

    • ron

      Amnot a Texan, but another story points out that 2 other Prosecutors one before and one after Lehmberg were convicted of the same DUI charge, but Perry nor said anything about them. This raises the question of WHY?…Politics and not the charges seems to be the motivator.

      • Jay Strickland

        Were these other prosecutors running the Public integrity unit ?
        Did they curse out the deputies and demand they get the sheriff to fix their DUI ?

        • ron

          Sir, I don’t know…..but as politics was the most likely motivator for his behavior….so was politics the most likely reason for her not resigning.
          Perry, from a national perspective may be a successful gop governor, but not so much a governor more interested in the state than politics and power.
          You may not agree with this assessment, but living in the Midwest with his politicking in Iowa….there seems to be little depth to the man…….

        • Terry Carter

          no on both. Both handled it well but were voted out during the next elections. There are 2 main differences, 1 being that they didn’t resist, threaten or fight with the police and 2 they were not responsible for running a state watchdog unit.

    • EriktheRed

      “Perry’s Governorship will rank as arguably the most successful in United States History.”

      Yup, he successfully had a state with the lowest percentage of citizens with health insurance and he successfully – out of pure spite, it looks like – kept it that way rather than accept Federal $$$ to help.

      He’s not ever gonna be President.

      • William

        We just love the increase in minimum wage/no benefit jobs here in Texas.

  • NYghtStar

    You all make me laugh! When are you going to learn? Politicians no matter what side of the fence, are having coffee playing golf and laughing at you. Ask yourself this, Is Dick Perry doing anything most any other politician isn’t doing or hasn’t already done? They all think their above the law, including that dumb ass DA drinking and driving. How many regular people did she lock up for DWI. And she had the nerve to throw a pissy fit when she’s busted? And you all go right on defending them. Wake up!!! They want us to hate each other. If we don’t stand together, this crap will never end, PERIOD!

  • http://eaglesforamerica.com jeffbwillis

    Hillary Clinton is the “Woody Allen of Politics.” Woody Allen has made millions in his career. Yet, literally every movie that he has played a major role in, has lost millions. He is commonly referred to as the “most successful failure in showbiz.”
    Hillary has accomplished little if anything during her career. She deserves the “Woody Allen” distinction. Yet, her faithful disregard this fact. There is a “dog like deference” to both her lack of achievements and general incompetence.
    Rick Perry is a statesman. He makes tough decisions. Unlike many in his own party, he does what it takes to get the job done. As a result, he is arguably the most successful Governor in U.S. History. Look at Texas! It is booming! It’s stands as an example for the rest of America. That’s why we need Rick Perry in Washington. In fact, we need him there are this very moment!
    There have been other statesmen who have gone beyond political correctness to do what it took. A prime example is Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln saved the nation. But, he had numerous critics along the way! Including those in his own party! Not to mention the opposition party!
    Defending a drunken reprobate such as Rosemary Lehmberg is indicative of how lacking in basic compunction many Democrats are. The woman should have resigned. She is a disgrace to the office of District Attorney. Rather than acknowledge this simple fact, lefties would rather pounce on Perry for simply doing his job!

  • David Bundy

    If Lehmberg had been a Republican every Democrat up to and including Obama would have clamored for her resignation followed by the maximum jail sentence, this type of hypocrisy is a major reason many people across political lines have tired of voting for anyone!

    • Mz.Understood

      I think the reason is more about there being NO good choices on either side. I am sick to death of feeling like I need to vote for the ‘lesser evil’ and would like to have a great candidate to actually get excited about, but the right and left still lead the day. I will be tossing MY vote to middle of the road until the country finally catches up and realizes that tossing to ANYONE else will light a fire under the 2 party system (that sucks lemons).

  • Charlie Thurman

    So the governor of Texas tried to remove a drunk from public office. What a horrible thing to do. The fact that she threatened the cops and tried to intimidate them with her political power doesn’t matter? The fact that the Democrats are going after Perry for trying to force her out of office speaks for itself. Washington is corrupt, but they could take lessons from Austen.

  • Wichert van der Bend

    This is from the same people who indited and convicted Tom Delay a verdict thrown out because of political bias. This is nothing but a democratic smear piece against Perry. Shame on you.

  • GCV

    My assumption was that Rick Perry’s 2012 Presidential campaign had been so disastrous, leaving him looking like a simpleton buffoon, that he didn’t have any 2016 presidential hopes.

    • William

      The glasses are so people don’t recognize him from the last run.

  • runswithbeer

    Imagine FOX news Commentators heads exploding like in Mars Attacks. Cause….Obama doing just what Perry just did.

    • Mz.Understood

      IKR?! An incredible double standard there, but then, THAT isn’t new and has gone on forEVER on both sides. They will vilify the OTHER side doing the very things that they do. Can’t stand either of them! I love the idea of the indictment though. I just wish EVERY freaking politician would be indicted for something.

  • Pooua

    “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” – That line actually comes from “Godfather III” (1990), spoken by Al Pacino in the role of Michael Corleone.

    http://youtu.be/UPw-3e_pzqU

  • Jay Strickland

    If Perry’s actions could be tied to attempt to quash the CPRIT investigation there might be a case. However that is most likely not possible it will always remain the the realm of coincidence.

  • brantl

    Rick Perry, dumbass extraordinaire!

  • Ian Da Ous

    Rand Paul 2016!

  • bw1

    Perry wants the illegals to get free educations — he has no chance

  • KC

    Oops, they left out the part about the group behind and pushing for Perry’s indictment is a group who received a half million dollars from George Soros.

  • Nohiros

    Anyone who watches the video of Ms Lehmberg and DOESN”T insist she resign is just an idiot. Regardless of whatever else was going on, she’s the DA for the Public INTEGRITY Unit. Duh.

  • Anthony Clifton

    There you go guys! Our liberal talking points all neatly lined up. Even with questions written for you!

    Now go out and spread the word. We need America to believe our narrative so that we can defeat the evil GOP!

  • Willie B

    Everyone talking about how dumb this is really don’t understand the situation. Perry comes out tough on a DA who looks like a complete idiot or Pelosi clone. Certainly someone unfit to be the counties attorney when she can’t abide by the law herself. Not just allegations but video and photos to prove it.
    All politicians want media attention and this attention is one of a strong leader trying to get rid of an unfit DA. He didn’t say he wouldn’t fund the unit only that he wouldn’t fund the unit as long as it is run by an unfit DA.
    People like strength in their leaders especially after the post turtle we currently have for a POTUS. This act could put him in the White House, or in jail. We will have to wait and see.

  • BigIron8

    Did anyone say “Bilderberger”? It seems like they “vetted” him when he wanted to run last time he attempted to run. He’s in the club.

  • Alex Rodriguez

    “Rosemary Lehmberg was pulled over near Lake Travis. Police found an open vodka bottle in the car and arrested her. She verbally berated the arresting officers, and she didn’t stop the verbal abuse when she got to jail. Lehmberg was strapped into a restraining chair. Hours after her arrest, she blew a .239, almost three times the legal limit. Lehmberg’s jailers starting filming her, as they sometimes do with uncooperative detainees. That footage quickly found its way into the hands of media outlets.
    Here is the double standard. Rosemary Lehmberg is A-OK for not resigning after this utter fiasco, this display of a complete lack of character, and demostrating that she is unfit for office. But God Forbid the Governor ask for her resignation, and then threaten a veto (which is his constitution right by the way) when she shockingly didn’t think she needed to.
    Political or not, Lehmberg blew it and had zero standing. She was in no position to fight Perry for the office for any type of political reason. You blew it, resign, and your party suffers the consequences of your complete and utter stupidity.
    Instead we get this indictment. A perfect snapshot of the state of the Democratic Party in 2014