Sounds familiar: Press treats Perry’s indictment as a political scandal

posted at 2:01 pm on August 17, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Democrats appear to be distancing themselves from an indictment presented against Texas Gov. Rick Perry relating to public corruption charges. Republicans are gleefully framing the charges as the result of political payback from a prideful district attorney who the governor had attempted to oust following her drunken driving arrest. The press is casting Perry’s predicament merely as a stain on his record while he prepares to mount another presidential bid. What few are discussing are the merits of the charges the governor is facing. That sounds familiar.

“We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country,” Perry told reporters on Saturday. “It is outrageous that someone would use political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution.”

“Just as I have following every legislative session during my service as governor, I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public’s confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically,” he added in his own defense. But it appears increasingly unlikely Perry will need to mount one.

“This is not a slam dunk case against Gov. Perry,” University of Houston Law Center professor David Kwok told USA Today.

Of course, the politics of this episode are another matter. As Newsbuster’s noted, The New York Times is treating Perry’s troubles like a political matter rather than a serious allegation of corruption.

“The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges and presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions at the very time that he had been showing signs of making a comeback,” a story in the Times read. “The indictment could mar the legacy of Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, as his tenure nears an end.”

On Friday, like a plot out of Shakespeare, Mr. Perry’s attempt to control one of the few things of substance in the state that was out of his reach led to two felony charges that threaten to tarnish his legacy and derail his hopes for a second presidential run.

It was a stunning rebuke to Mr. Perry. But it also set in motion a battle of competing narratives over just what kind of overreach the indictment reflects. Democrats say the charges describe the arrogant overreach of a governor with unchecked power. Republicans took up Mr. Perry’s argument on Saturday that the excess was in the investigation and indictment themselves, which they describe as political in nature and extremely dubious in legality.

It is a familiar pattern. When the substance of the charges leveled against Chris Christie and Scott Walker began to fizzle, the press also shifted the narrative from coverage of a significant breach of the public trust to speculation about how the charges would affect their political futures. In this case, the shift in tone in the press occurred with lightning speed, which is perhaps indicative of just how shallow the charges Perry is facing truly are.


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Lot of folks out there like to point out that due to the power of the internet, one could easily sidestep the LSM and look up information on their own. That indeed should be the case. But most don’t want to be bothered and will allow the alphabet networks to feed them the Truth and won’t question it. And if they don’t like Rick Perry anyway, they will willingly lap up anything the presstitutes feed them on the boob tube and radio news blurbs.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 17, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Here’s a full hour video Lehmberg encounters with the cops on the street: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndYMqTqNeuE

Here’s a short two minute video with some embarrassing Lehmberg jail scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRMTp_ATP6M

anotherJoe on August 17, 2014 at 2:09 PM

They overplayed their hand and they know it.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 2:10 PM

[T]he politics of this episode are another matter. As Newsbuster’s noted, The New York Times is treating Perry’s troubles like a political matter rather than a serious allegation of corruption.

Of course. That’s the only point behind it. I can’t believe that the liberal group that engineered this thinks that anything in the way of legal consequences will come of it. The sole purpose is to create a narrative–”Rick Perry is so corrupt he’s actually been indicted!”–that can be used against him in the upcoming presidential campaign. The press, by concentrating on the politics, isn’t even trying to hide the transparently political nature of the indictment.

A former flack for Jon Corzine was on Fox last night, and even as he admitted that the legal case is flimsy, he wanted to talk about the political fallout for Perry. Meanwhile, his former boss–who really should have gone to jail–is still walking around free, and no doubt contributing every last dollar he can find to Dem candidates.

There are times when I am positively embarrassed to live in the same country as the people who have launched this attack.

Athanasius on August 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

The State Run Media supports drunk driving…

d1carter on August 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Athanasius on August 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

See I don’t think there will be any political fallout for him – in fact I think it will be the other way around.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I agree, gophergirl. It’s just despicable what these characters think they can get away with, and what a corrupt system dominated by Dems in Travis County is able to do.

Athanasius on August 17, 2014 at 2:15 PM

The Chief DC Correspondent for ABC News was practically wetting himself on air as he reported this.

There is no legitimate case it’s all about smearing a republican and the press will gladly play along. For a time they will show the loon who got arrested for DWI and maybe point out she was a democrat, then it will shift to Perry’s legal problems with no background as to why he was indicted. And finally, when he is exonerated it may rate a crawler at the bottom of the screen.

If Perry was a democrat the lede would be about over-reach by the republicans and using the legal system as a political weapon.

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

If you’re a Democrat in Texas trying to claim the moral high ground by going after Rick Perry following his indictment, you can’t do it while not making a sound about Lehmberg, her videos, and the fact she was threatening Travis County deputies if they didn’t let her go.

Lehmberg refused to resign, and Texas Democrats backed her move, because they didn’t want Perry appointing her successor, who would serve until 12/31/16. And there’s no way for them to untie the Lehmberg case from the Perry case, even if out-of-state media outlets try to do it.

That’s why people like David Axelrod, Jonathan Chait and other liberals more versed in the public relations aspect of things are staying away from this one like it’s radioactive. The optics are horrific for the Democrats backing this move, since it makes them seem to be find with DWI violations at three times the legal limit, as long as the ‘D’ stands for ‘Democrat’.

jon1979 on August 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Press treats Perry’s indictment as a political scandal
======================================================

Interesting to note, that since this alleged story has
come out, the Talk Radio news break, talky points
is about how this will follow Perry throughout his po
ssible Presidential Run, and it will always dog him,
and have a swirl of doubt, with voters!!

It appears, its a Democrat Sobatagey attempt, at tainting
Perry, Politically!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Since when is it a political scandal just because a politician is indicted? Come on lamestreamers.

DarkCurrent on August 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Sounds familiar: Press treats Perry’s indictment as a political scandal


It is a political scandal …

… because the drunken witch wasn’t bright enough to hold off until Spring 2016 to issue the indictment, Democratic politicians are scandalized to discover how incompetent she is as a politician.

PolAgnostic on August 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

This “scandal” will have all the staying power of the real scandals that keep bouncing off of Obama (VA, IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghzai, Bergdahl, etc.).

Bitter Clinger on August 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Will they be able to bring into trial all the video of the DA in the restraint chair and spit mask…?

d1carter on August 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM

We at least MSNBC has it’s next 4 months of programming lined up.

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

PolAgnostic on August 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

She wasn’t behind this.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The press is casting Perry’s predicament merely as a stain on his record …

What’s funny is that it’s not even a stain. This ridiculous indictment helps Perry tremendously (and severely damages (at least) Texas democrats, including the Castro brothers, who are demanding that Perry resign) – and gives him an opportunity to highlight what an active, effective governor he has been.

Rick Perry’s AWESOME presser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJHdUEv0Mnk

Pork-Chop on August 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Rosemary’s drivin’ all over the road
Tryin’ to stay in her lane so she don’t get towed
She’s zipping around all over town
If the cops catch her, they’ll take her down
She decides it’s best to hit the parking lot
Maybe she’ll drive a little better with another shot

Rosemary’s drunk again, and on another rampage
Call her on it, and she’ll get outraged
Happens all the time, she’s drunk on power
She’ll just call Greg, he’ll always cower

Rosemary had a little more booze
Drank it all and took a snooze
Police saw her passed out in the car
Took one look in her eyes, and knew she was at the bar
They told her she’d need to walk a straight line
All she did the whole time was whine

Rosemary’s drunk again, and on another rampage
Call her on it, and she’ll get outraged
Happens all the time, she’s drunk on power
She’ll just call Greg, he’ll always cower

Held the DA job in the last election
And here she is stuck in the police station
Put a mask on her, and took her to her cell
Rosemary said to call Greg, or she’d make their lives hell
They’ve all seen this act before
Greg had enough and said no more

Rosemary’s drunk again, and on another rampage
Call her on it, and she’ll get outraged
Happens all the time, she’s drunk on power
They called Greg, but he didn’t cower

stldave on August 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM

“Gleefully,” Noah? Really?

Syzygy on August 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

https://twitter.com/ABCNewsRadio

ABC News Radio @ABCNewsRadio · Aug 15 Texas Gov. Rick Perry Indicted By Grand Jury http://abcn.ws/1uYYBIf
*********************************************

Perry has been taking another serious look at running for president and this indictment may put him on defense,

forcing him to explain these abuse of power and coercion charges.

The case, however, is far from clear cut. One Texas lawyer — a Democrat — pointed out to ABC News that the indictment from the grand jury in Austin is based on an old Texas law and a conviction is far less than certain.

But Perry will likely have to go to the county to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken,

not the best of circumstances for a sitting governor or a presidential hopeful.

So in the short term,

the indictment creates a major distraction

for him

and that might keep him from running for president again.
==========================================================

With reporting by ABC’s Jeff Zeleny.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/texas-gov-rick-perry-indicted-by-grand-jury/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

The Chief DC Correspondent for ABC News was practically wetting himself on air as he reported this.

If Perry was a democrat the lede would be about over-reach by the republicans and using the legal system as a political weapon.

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

HumpBot: Agreed,…and Exactly:0

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:28 PM

D*mmitts,…thats HumpBot Salvation,…and not just HumpBot,..ugh!!

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Athanasius on August 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM
That is exactly what the Texas DA office is doing to Rick Perry by using a grand jury to accuse and destroy. This is what they did to destroy Tom Delay. This is political assassination by politics,lies and corruption.

Bakokitty on August 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

This “scandal” will have all the staying power of the real scandals that keep bouncing off of Obama (VA, IRS, Fast & Furious, Benghzai, Bergdahl, etc.).

Bitter Clinger on August 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Which only demonstrates, yet again, just how craven and bankrupt the
‘Ministry of Truth’ has become.

The real irony, is that, once again, a Democrat is abusing the power of their office to settle political scores – just as with the IRS abuses…and much of the ‘argument’ is little more than projection against Perry done by a shrill drunken shrew and likely prompted from the equally shrill and craven WH angry that Perry called up the NG to protect the border.

Athos on August 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM

The Chief DC Correspondent for ABC News was practically wetting himself on air as he reported this.

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Liberals are really going to wet themselves when this completely meritless indictment is thrown out.

Pork-Chop on August 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Maybe this won’t harm Perry’s stature with Republicans, but low-info voters will hear only that he was indicted and that will be as far as they take it.

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I was on an entertainment website when this news broke, and they promptly posted a link to the story with Perry’s photo.

There’s no level so low that the Dems won’t sink to it.

Syzygy on August 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM
That was the goal, met and done!

Bakokitty on August 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Maybe one day, but not soon..democrats will learn that you hold the pin and throw the grenade.

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 2:37 PM

The games they play.

CW on August 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Perry is fighting back:

Governors don’t let prosecutors drive drunk (and stay in office).

Great poster at the link. I think the dems will regret this.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 2:46 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM
That was the goal, met and done!

Bakokitty on August 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Bakokitty: Yup, and with the November Election, in about three
months, the MSM, will no doubt, expect collateral
damage, towards GOP re-election attempts, as they
continue to smear Perry!:)

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Get that video of that drunken woman out there far and wide. If the Austin DA is worth his salt, he’s already working on the motion to suppress it should this go to trial.

Left Coast Right Mind on August 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

presented a major roadblock to his presidential ambitions

Hah. It’s a resume enhancer.

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 2:49 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Rick Perry’s AWESOME presser:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJHdUEv0Mnk

Pork-Chop on August 17, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Pork-Chop: Oooooo dats awesome,…thank-you:)

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

…a prideful district attorney who the governor had attempted to oust following her drunken driving arrest

Did he try to oust her before she was convicted?

Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy. – Axelrod

Did Axelrod just slam Cuomo? Already working for Hillary?

forest on August 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Rick*

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:48 PM
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 2:50 PM

davidk: Thank-You,..a new resource linky, man that map
is lit up like a wh*re house, er, christmas tree—–:0

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Okay I don’t care who you are – this post is funny

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Retweeted by David Burge
Bossy Brat @JGalt9 · 20h

#IStumbleWithRosemaryLehmberg It’s Busch’s fault

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

So, the charge itself is all that matters to you? Not that it’s purely a political stunt and has no legal merit?

Keep choomin’.

Bitter Clinger on August 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

David Burge @iowahawkblog · 22h

She’s once

twice

three times the limit
#IStumbleWithRosemaryLehmberg

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

The irony is deep in that post. Completely unintentional as weedie is too stupid to see the comedy he wrote.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

They started this tactic with Palin.

UnderstandingisPower on August 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

UnderstandingisPower on August 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

No they didn’t. Take off your Palin glasses.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

The irony is deep in that post. Completely unintentional as weedie is too stupid to see the comedy he wrote.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Which is true of pretty much all our trolls wouldn’t you say.

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

man that map
is lit up like a wh*re house, er, christmas tree—–:0

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

Sure looks like the west is on fire.

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

You were the guy calling for the murder of the cop the other day. Not a big fan of trials are ya?

HumpBot Salvation on August 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Yeah, our trolls are fools.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:06 PM

As I understand it the Texas legislature can take away the power of Travis County to prosecute ethics violations. Is that true?

If so then the Republican legislature should remove this power from Travis County. Fight fire with fire.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The optics are horrific for the Democrats backing this move, since it makes them seem to be find with DWI violations at three times the legal limit, as long as the ‘D’ stands for ‘Democrat’.

jon1979 on August 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

I’d recommend GOP gubernatorial candidate Abbott to start speaking at meetings of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. Make Abortion Barbie support Lehmberg.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

“This is not a slam dunk case against Gov. Perry,” University of Houston Law Center professor David Kwok told USA Today.

harry red to blame the Kwok brothers in 3…2…1…

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Is this guy from the same group that Perry vetoed the funding for?

OOPS

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Every time they have tried, the democrats and the press scream about it. If the house can get rid of Strauss this next session, the new leaders won’t care.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Okay I don’t care who you are – this post is funny

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM

My sides are hurting from reading that post. Dunces have an important role in society.

NukeRidingCowboy on August 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 2:54 PM
Sure looks like the west is on fire.

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

davidk: I thought the news was bad, these incidents (fire/bio
earthquakes) really pop up at you, on one map:)

canopfor on August 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

From the fender of Lehmberg’s car:

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:11 PM

#IStumbleWithRosemaryLehmberg

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM

#50WaysToWeaveOnRubber………..

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

As I understand it the Texas legislature can take away the power of Travis County to prosecute ethics violations. Is that true?

If so then the Republican legislature should remove this power from Travis County. Fight fire with fire.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Yes, they could pass a law transferring all “Public Integrity” prosecutions to the state attorney general. Who currently is the GOP candidate for governor against Abortion Barbie.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The graphics won’t show up.

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

My sides are hurting from reading that post. Dunces have an important role in society.

NukeRidingCowboy on August 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Somebody has to wear the cap………………..

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Every time they have tried, the democrats and the press scream about it. If the house can get rid of Strauss this next session, the new leaders won’t care.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

I don’t know who Strauss is. Is he a dem? How can a dem stop a Republican majority from doing anything they want?

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Yes, they could pass a law transferring all “Public Integrity” prosecutions to the state attorney general. Who currently is the GOP candidate for governor against Abortion Barbie.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Then why don’t they do it? It seems like an obvious ploy.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Remember what the Japanese leader said after they attacked Pearl Harbor?

We have awoken a “sleeping giant”……..

redguy on August 17, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Is this guy from the same group that Perry vetoed the funding for?

OOPS

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

And these are the smart ones………………..

#ISaidASpeak-O…………..

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:16 PM

I guess fat, drunk and stupid is the way to go through life if you’re a Texas Democrat.

Texas Democrats for drunk driving!

Texas Democrats for funding drunk politicians running ethics investigations.

talkingpoints on August 17, 2014 at 3:18 PM

“…The indictment left Mr. Perry, a Republican, the first Texas governor in nearly 100 years to face criminal charges…”

Compare that to:

After more than a week of unrest, the governor of Missouri said Sunday that an overnight curfew had been effective in helping to maintain peace in this St. Louis suburb.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/us/ferguson-missouri-protests.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

I resorted to Wikipedia to confirm that the governor of Missouri is a Democrat after scanning articles in the Grey Lady and elsewhere in vain for that information.

Lucky for him, because otherwise he’d be portrayed as the governor of a racist state who is invoking curfews and otherwise trampling on the people’s rights while simultaneously being ineffective.

Drained Brain on August 17, 2014 at 3:19 PM

…the press also shifted the narrative from coverage of a significant breach of the public trust to speculation about how the charges would affect their political futures.

Well, that’s the point, as far as liberals are concerned.

Sure, it would be nice to put Rick Perry away for 10 years for being a simian Texan who stymied them politically, but even to liberals that’s beside the point. The point is fanning the smoke, not the fire, to kill a candidate.

HitNRun on August 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

How long will this drag out? The kept Tom Delay in limbo for years and I am sure his wallet took a real hit.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 3:23 PM

obaka (and other POTUS and state Governors) threaten vetoes all the time…

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

O/T Can someone tell me WTH Chris Christie is doing as head of the Governors Association? Apparently after declining to support Cuccinelli in Virginia, he is not going to give the Republican candidate for governor of New York any money. Apparently has said right out loud that he doesn’t pay for landslides. This jackazz loves Democrats.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Drunk District Attorney Abuses Power to Get Revenge on Rick Perry
Texas governor Rick Perry wanted Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. When she refused, Perry vetoed the $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, trying to restore its image after Lehmberg’s arrest and refusal to step down. She’s now “in change” of the law suit against Perry.

The corrupt d-cRAT socialist media is treating this baseless political/judicial act against Perry the same way they have done the baseless political/judicial acts against Walker.

The corrupt/criminal d-cRAT are now trying to destroy Perry and Walkerlike they did Tom Delay with totally false, irresponsible, slimebag claims and bogus legal action. Although Delay was eventually TOTALLY, 100% exonerated from the d-cRAT lies, the damage was done to his career. Let’s hope these leftist douche bastards don’t succeed again.

MicahStone on August 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

A Travis County grand jury on Friday indicted Perry for carrying out a threat to veto state funds to the local district attorney, an elected Democrat, unless she resigned following her arrest and conviction for drunken driving. That 2013 veto prompted a criminal investigation.

.
Why isn’t the name Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat district attorney, mentioned by Noah Rothman in his writeup OR by AP in its writeup on the story? Isn’t she a a DA in Travis County? Here’s another buried caveat in the AP story:

Tensions between Republicans and the public integrity unit have simmered for years. Conservatives have long grumbled that the unit operates through a partisan lens and targets Republicans.

So this public integrity unit which primarily targets Republicans in Travis County, headed by none other than Rosemary Lehmberg the drunk, is going to foist a grand jury indictment on Perry and not own up to the fact that a drunken Democrat DA heads the unit, still, and there is no outcry that the drunken Democrat DA is using the justice system against the governor, Rick Perry? Really?
.
Where are the analytical skills here? How many other people don’t get this as a primary part of the outrageous behavior of the Democrat political system in Travis County, TX?

ExpressoBold on August 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

BUWAHAHAAHA!

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Have these people not heard of the Barbabra Streisand Effect?

Statistically, nobody knew of this woman’s arrest.
Now, half the country has seen her arrest and jail videos and boy are they flattering, eh comrades?

Tard on August 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

As far as I can tell all the Texas legislature has to do is remove this power from Travis county and give it to the state attorney general. What is the problem!?

Are the Republicans so neutered that they cannot play hardball with the dems? This is totally ridiculous.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

BUWAHAHAAHA!

ladyingray on August 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

And folks say that weed doesn’t destroy your brain…….

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Then why don’t they do it? It seems like an obvious ploy.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Might be recessed for the summer. Would be a little too much for the governor to call a special session for it.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

O/T Can someone tell me WTH Chris Christie is doing as head of the Governors Association? Apparently after declining to support Cuccinelli in Virginia, he is not going to give the Republican candidate for governor of New York any money. Apparently has said right out loud that he doesn’t pay for landslides. This jackazz loves Democrats.

Cindy Munford on August 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM

To be fair, The Republican candidate in NY Astorino is losing by 57%-27% average in RCP average. It’s a waste to think there’s any chance.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Me thinks the Dems really stepped on their..d–k again..!!!!

Xango Annie on August 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

As far as I can tell all the Texas legislature has to do is remove this power from Travis county and give it to the state attorney general. What is the problem!?

Are the Republicans so neutered that they cannot play hardball with the dems? This is totally ridiculous.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

That’s what I’m asking too.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 17, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Have these people not heard of the Barbabra Streisand Effect?

Statistically, nobody knew of this woman’s arrest.
Now, half the country has seen her arrest and jail videos and boy are they flattering, eh comrades?

Tard on August 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM

She was whining on the police tape that they’d ruined her political career. She might have been re-elected in Dem-heavy Travis County before this, but she can forget that.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The “knockout game” has become a nationwide menace in which roaming mobs randomly select victims and without warning hit them as hard as they can in an attempt to knock them out.

But there’s a new twist now, with attackers checking their victims first to find out whether they are armed.

The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville reported a witness called police claiming she saw a male juvenile punch a man in the face, “apparently without provocation.”

The victim, who told police he believed the boys were playing the knockout game, said one of the boys approached him and asked if he had a “Glock.” The man was punched after admitting he was unarmed, the paper said.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/are-you-armed-knockout-thugs-begin-checking/

davidk on August 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

It’s a felony charge.
Very serious stuff. Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.

weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

My sides hurt.

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Anyone notice how Lehmberg resembles Angela Corey, the crooked prosecutor in the Zimmerman case, and they both resemble Ursula the Sea Witch in “The Little Mermaid”?

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Might be recessed for the summer. Would be a little too much for the governor to call a special session for it.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Would a dem hesitate to call a special session? Republicans are such girly-boys. Come on Texas. Cowboy up. The news media will forget about it in a couple of news cycles.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I don’t know who Strauss is.
Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM
And others

Strauss is the speaker of the Texas house. He makes Boehner look like Newt Gingrich.

He is a go-along-get along moderate republican who insists on giving democrats in the house an equal voice. The last legislative session when he had a more conservative opponent for the speakership, he was ready to ally with democrats to retain the gavel.

The Texas legislature is part-time. They meet every two years.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Nothing says “banana republic” quite like this sort of indictment of a newly popular political opponent. The idea that Perry has overstepped his executive boundaries is hilarious coming from a press which believes that 0bama should have none.

clnurnberg on August 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

She might have been re-elected in Dem-heavy Travis County before this, but she can forget that.

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Last I heard, she decided not to run for reelection.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Last I heard, she decided not to run for reelection.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

She probably has a job in Washington all lined up

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Last I heard, she decided not to run for reelection.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

She said she wanted to spend more time with her bartender.

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

She probably has a job in Washington all lined up

gophergirl on August 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Democrats protect their own.

Who wants to bet Lehmberg ends up in one of Obama’s crony organizations?

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

The Texas legislature is part-time. They meet every two years.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

So they are not in summer recess?

I just checked. Th new fiscal year starts on Sept. 1, so if Perry vetoed funding for this office of “Public Integrity,” who is paying for this prosecution in two weeks?

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Democrats protect their own.

Who wants to bet Lehmberg ends up in one of Obama’s crony organizations?

Aizen on August 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

“Cash for Drunkers”

VegasRick on August 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Rich Perry is thug engaging in political payback.
He is not fit to be president.
weedisgood on August 17, 2014 at 2:51 PM

But admitting to felony drug use, and possibly distribution, does? #BuckFarack

Nutstuyu on August 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM

The Texas legislature is part-time. They meet every two years.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

That’s a good thing. I wish the U.S. Congress only met every two years.

So this guy Strauss is the chief girly-boy in Texas. Is he from Travis County too?

There always seems to be some ahole who has managed to get himself into power to stop a fight against the dems. RINO is too soft a word for these people and profanity doesn’t really describe how destructive they are to our country.

Kaffa on August 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Wethal on August 17, 2014 at 4:01 PM

After state funding was removed, Travis county came up with the money to partially fund the public integrity unit. The prosecution of Perry is revenge from the left. Their version of threatening future governors.

cozmo on August 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM

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