At issue is Perry’s decision to veto $7.5 million in funding for an anti-corruption unit that is part of the Travis County district attorney’s office. Perry wanted Rosemary Lehmberg (D), the district attorney for Travis County, to step down after her April 2013 drunken-driving arrest. She declined, and Perry made good on his threat to withhold the money. A watchdog group filed an ethics complaint that led to Perry’s indictment on two felony counts.
In response, Team Perry delivered a cup-shattering kick to the crotch followed by a roundhouse to the head:
Let me say it, again, BEST DAMNED GOVERNOR in America! And, I think it only fair that we now refer to Rosemary Lehmberg’s party affiliation as (Drunk). Good grief, she looks like she has never passed a bar in her life
I’ve never been the greatest fan of Texas Governor, Rick Perry. Not that I have anything against the guy, mind you, he just hasn’t impressed me in any particular way to this point. That having been said, I do find him to be a relatively decent man with apparently high ethical standards, and it is for that reason that I am writing this now.
I don’t know how many of you remember a man named Tom Delay, but in case you’re unaware of his past legal troubles, I’ll enlighten you. Back in 2003, Mr. Delay became the GOP-run House Majority Leader. As you can well imagine, Democrats everywhere hated his guts, so in 2005 a gaggle of leftists from his home state of Texas got together and talked the District Attorney of Travis County – the most left-leaning county in the state – into attempting to garner an indictment of him on what would later be revealed as trumped-up corruption charges. After bringing the “evidence” to three separate grand juries, he was finally indicted, and following a 5-year court battle, a leftist prosecutor managed to convince a leftist trial jury that Delay was guilty.
Upon appeal, the case was overturned due to insufficient evidence. In the end, any reasonable person who looked at the case objectively knew that Delay was innocent of all charges, that the entire fiasco was politically motivated, and that it was likely orchestrated by powerful leftists in Washington DC who were threatened by Delay’s status from the start.
Fast-forward to today. Yet another Travis County grand jury has been convened in order to bring an indictment against yet another ascending, Republican politician, only this time there is even less evidence of any wrongdoing. In fact, the prima facie case is so weak and counterintuitive that even leftist journalists, law professors and political commentators across the country are saying it’s ridiculous.
It’s also an obvious attempt by the leftist elite beyond the state’s borders to discredit an increasingly popular (due to his recent border security policies) potential candidate for the presidency of the United States, which is really the main point of this exercise. You see, it doesn’t matter if Perry is guilty of anything or not, just as it didn’t matter that Tom Delay was ultimately found not guilty on all counts. What matters is that Perry’s name get dragged through the mud as much as possible over the next couple of years, and an indictment of this sort is just what the doctor ordered.
Why, that sounds like some kind of wild conspiracy theory, you say. You must be another one of those tinfoil hat-wearing crazies who thinks there’s a secret moon base run by the CIA that’s beaming mind-control signals to us via our cell phones. You’re just a crackpot, you say. Right?
Well, actually I don’t believe in the vast majority of conspiracy theories I hear, and I tend to be very leery of people who claim to have secret, inside knowledge of governmental shenanigans. That having been said, just because most conspiracy theories are, indeed, nuts, occasionally one pops up that has merit, and this is one such situation. How else can you explain so preposterous an indictment as the one about which I write?
In a nutshell, the head of the Travis Country District Attorney’s Office of Public Integrity, Rosemary Lehmberg, was arrested a while back for drunk driving. She was caught on camera, not only failing a field sobriety test in public, but later behaving like a raving assclown toward authorities in the jailhouse. She eventually pleaded guilty as charged and was jailed for her offense. However, being the unprincipled, leftist parasite that she is, Ms. Lehmberg refused to step down from her post, even though Governor Perry told her that if she didn’t he would cut off funding to her Public Integrity unit.
And so, being a man of his word, Perry did exactly what he promised to do. He withheld funds from that department, something which – by the way – just happens to be his lawful, gubernatorial prerogative. Of course, that didn’t sit well with all the leftist douchebags in Travis County who remained loyal to Ms. Lehmberg, despite her public shaming and obvious addiction problem. I guess if you’re going to have a Public Integrity unit, the last person you want running it is someone with actual integrity. Right?
So, on the one hand, you’ve got a woman who likes to drive drunk, is abusive to cops, and is so lacking in any sense of shame or ethics that she feels justified in continuing to run a government office designed to fight the very sort of behavior she has exhibited… and that’s perfectly okay with Travis County prosecutors.
On the other hand, you’ve got a man who simply warned a public official within his sphere of influence and authority that the office she heads will be defunded if she refuses to do what anyone with even the tiniest amount of integrity would do in her situation – which is to step down – and then had the temerity to actually keep his word… and THAT is a crime worthy of investigation, indictment, and then prosecution to the fullest extent of the law!
Do ya see what I mean when I opine that sometimes conspiracy theories really do have merit? Is there any doubt whatsoever that powerful people within government – be they of the state or federal variety – are singling out Governor Perry for purposes of political theater, and not because there’s even the slightest chance that he’s genuinely guilty of anything?
If, after reviewing these facts, you are still among the demented few who want to see Rick Perry tried and imprisoned for the imagined and invisible crimes for which he has been indicted, I have but one thought left to convey to you.
You are a festering pustule on the ass of humanity. GO FUCK YOURSELF!
Edward L. Daley
They say a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and this always seemed like hyperbole, until Friday night a Texas grand jury announced an indictment of governor Rick Perry. The “crime” for which Perry faces a sentence of 5 to 99 years in prison is vetoing funding for a state agency. The conventions of reporting — which treat the fact of an indictment as the primary news, and its merit as a secondary analytic question — make it difficult for people reading the news to grasp just how farfetched this indictment is.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg — a Democrat who oversees the state’s Public Corruption unit — was arrested for driving very, very drunk. What followed was a relatively ordinary political dispute. Perry, not unreasonably, urged Lehmberg to resign. Democrats, not unreasonably, resisted out of fear that Perry would replace her with a Republican. Perry, not unreasonably, announced and carried out a threat to veto funding for her agency until Lehmberg resigned.
I do not have a fancy law degree from Harvard or Yale or, for that matter, anywhere. I am but a humble country blogger. And yet, having read the indictment, legal training of any kind seems unnecessary to grasp its flimsiness.
A grand jury in Travis County, Texas, indicted Governor Rick Perry today. Why? For exercising his constitutional prerogative by threatening to veto, and then vetoing, an appropriation to support the public corruption unit in Travis County’s district attorney’s office. This followed the arrest of the county’s district attorney, Democratic Party activist Rosemary Lehmberg, for drunk driving, after she was found “with an open bottle of vodka in the front passenger seat of her car in a church parking lot in Austin.” Ms. Lehmberg served 45 days in jail.
The Travis County district attorney’s office has long been a cesspool of corruption. It was that office, controlled by the Democratic Party machine, that infamously indicted Tom DeLay for nothing. It took years before DeLay could finally clear his name, and his career was ruined.
Conservatives should respond to this indictment by rallying around Perry. The indictment is a bad joke, intended simply to generate negative publicity. As with the bogus DeLay indictment from the same source, years may go by before it is finally proved baseless. In the meantime, conservatives should stand behind Perry and denounce the politically-motivated machinations of Texas Democrats.
He was also considered on the “short list” to be an Obama appointee. So that should give you a good idea of what’s going on here.
One of San Antonio’s best-known defense attorneys was accused by the Bexar County district attorney’s office this week of instructing a subpoenaed witness to “get lost for awhile” to avoid testifying in his client’s intoxication manslaughter trial.
Prosecutors filed a motion Tuesday for a finding of contempt against former federal prosecutor Mike McCrum related to his alleged instructions to Melanie Little, a witness in the October trial of Taylor Rae Rosenbusch.
If a judge agrees with the allegations, which McCrum’s own lawyers vehemently deny, he potentially could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
Attorneys Mark Stevens and Patrick Hancock, who will represent their colleague at a hearing scheduled next week, described the assertions in a written statement as “personal, vindictive and untrue.”
“There are serious questions about whether that office has political motivations as well,” the attorneys said.
McCrum has served as lead attorney on some of San Antonio’s highest-profile cases.
His clients have included former NFL star-turned-drug trafficker Sam Hurd; Dr. Calvin Day, whose conviction for sexual assault of a patient was thrown out after McCrum filed a request for new trial accusing the DA’s office of political chicanery; fellow lawyer Mikal Watts, a Democratic Party stalwart who has hosted President Barack Obama at his home; and Mark Gudanowski, the former driver for District Attorney Susan Reed accused – and acquitted – of illegally selling Southwest Airlines vouchers.
Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury Friday for using his budget powers to force the removal of a District Attorney arrested last year in a humiliating and very public drunk driving incident. Saturday morning, however, Perry finds himself with the unlikeliest of defenders. Using his Twitter account, David Axelrod, a senior aide and confidante to President Obama, wrote: “Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.”
Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.
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Even Ben White of the left-wing Politico came to Perry’s defense. The left-wing economics writer tweeted Saturday, “It seems quite perverse to indict a governor for exercising his clearly delineated constitutional authority[.]”
It seems quite perverse to indict a governor for exercising his clearly delineated constitutional authority.
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Travis County grand jurors charged Perry, an almost certain 2016 presidential contender, with two felonies: abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. The charges are the result of Perry using his veto power to eliminate a $7.5 million appropriation for the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after the Democrat refused to resign.
During her arrest, Lehmberg, whose blood alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit, was caught on video screaming at police officers to the point where she had to be restrained.
Lehmberg was eventually fined and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Despite this, the Democrat county of Travis stood by her and have now retaliated with the indictment against Perry, even though the line item veto is a constitutional power granted the governor of Texas.
Perry is expected to turn himself in and this likely means the release of his mug shot to the media.
Axelrod is almost certainly signalling to fellow Democrats and his allies in the media (like Politico) that this indictment is a political loser for the Left. It could also blowback on Obama whose actual constitutional abuses have earned criticism even from some Democrats.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said a record number of illegal immigrants from Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Sunday’s State of the Union on CNN, Perry said the “historic record highs” of individuals from “countries that have substantial terrorist ties” threaten America’s national security.
Later on the program, Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX), the House Homeland Security Committee Chair, said Iranian terrorists have had plans to sneak across the border. He also said that others who want to do harm are seeking to exploit America’s porous border.
Perry also said that since 2008, 203,000 illegal immigrants have been put in Texas’ jails, and those illegal immigrants “have been responsible for 3,000 homicides and almost 8,000 sexual assaults.”
“I wish the President would respect that desire of Texans and the citizens of this country to secure the border,” Perry said. “That’s the real issue here—and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children.”
Donald Douglas reports Bachman might run again in 2016. I sincerely hope not, for two reasons
First, she has no chance, zero, nil, nada, zip chance of winning. All she would do would be to take votes from a Conservative who might win, say a Rick Perry, or Scott Walker. We know what happens when a pool of Conservative candidates run, they all share a large pool of votes, and a moderate (McCain, Romney) benefit and end up getting the nod. So, Conservatives who have no chance should stay out frankly for the good of furthering a Conservative nominee.
Second, I lost every ounce of respect for Bachman when she pulled her BS stunt about Gardisil and mental retardation during the 2012 debates. She told a story, likely invented in my opinion, of a woman who claimed her daughter had become mentally retarded because of having taken Gardisil. Bachman sounded like Al Gore telling one of his fancy tales during the 2000 campaign. To me her move was both an vindictive attack on Rick Perry, and exposed Bachman as just another politician who will do or say anything to win. Good riddance to her.