Rick Perry’s criminal indictment blurs politics and the law
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“I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law,” Texas Governor Rick Perry told reporters on Aug. 19. “And I’m here today because I did the right thing.”
Really, Perry was at a Travis County courthouse in Austin because he had been indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power, so he needed to get booked, fingerprinted and photographed. And he was there because the line between playing politics and committing crimes has gotten increasingly fuzzy.
What did the Republican governor do to end up with one of history’s most impeccable mug shots? He threatened to veto state funding for Travis County’s Public Integrity Unit unless Democratic district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned–and when she refused to quit, he followed through on his threat.