Perry has reason to be worried if he is planning another run for the White
House. Whether or not what he did was technically legal, what's at issue is
his temperament and judgment as displayed in the defunding of an entire state
office because of the misconduct of its administrator.
If these charges stand up in court, maybe this will set the needed precedent for
similar charges, i.e., abuse of power, to be brought to Barack Hussein Obama -
which would be a net gain in my book.
Perry is just the latest victim of a common (and despicable) Democrat dirty
tricks campaign.We saw endless, and baseless, lawsuits against Gov.
Sarah Palin in Alaska.We saw endless, and baseless, lawsuits and innuendo
campaigns against Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.We saw endless smear
campaigns against Gov. Chris Christy in New Jersey over "bridgegate".Now it is a smear charge against Gov. Rick Perry for exercising his power as
Governor to veto appropriations for the office of an abusive drunk driving
politician.What do all these four governors have in common? Each
one was mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate. Do these tactics work? Yes, Gov Palin was forced to resign due to ruinous
legal bills and the distraction by the bogus charges from her time to run the
state. The same Texas politicians attacking Gov. Perry filed charges against
former GOP whip Tom Delay, forcing him to pay millions in legal fees, but
eventually he was acquitted of all their baseless accusations, albeit broke and
no longer in office.Democrat smear tactics win- bankrupting
opponents, smearing their name before elections, even if they are eventually
acquitted.Welcome to Chicago political tactics on a national scale.
Often times Karma is justice. But unfortunately the taxpayers are the ones
picking up the tab.
Craig-Have you seen that video of Ms. Lehmberg? Her blood alcohol was
three times the legal limit, an open container of vodka was in her car, and she
was using her position as Travis County DA to threaten the police. And that's the person who should be in charge of prosecuting other drunk
driving cases and running the Public Integrity Unit?Isn't it
Governor Perry's job to oversee and ensure that state offices are being run
by competent and capable people? She was offered another job in the DA office
and Perry's office agreed to have the First Assistant DA (a Democrat) take
over. I'm not quite seeing the wrongdoing here.
Perry’s personal vendetta against a Democratic district attorney hurt a
lot more people than the one he was out to get. Instead of punishing just her,
he punished Texas citizens who benefit from that office and innocent state
employees who staff it. Apparently, Perry saw them as unavoidable collateral
damage that’s to be expected in political warfare.I
don’t see how that level of heavy-handed use of gubernatorial power was
warranted. The people can decide for themselves. It’s best that
they’ve seen beforehand an appalling sampling of the methods of an
ambitious man who wants to be President.
Craig,You needn't worry about the state employees. We've seen
through the sequestration fiasco that government employees are well taken care
of. Obviously, Gov. Perry couldn't fire her because she was an elected
official, however, as with our three-tiered system of checks and balances, he
did have the authority to withhold funding until he was sure those tax dollars
would be well spent, as was his responsibility and oath of office. Are you
not the least bit affronted by the hypocritical and brash behavior exhibited by
the district attorney? Have you not noticed how Republicans finding themselves
in such situations generally accept responsibility for their misbehavior and
resign while Democrats rarely do? I have and it causes me to wonder why others
are comfortable with allowing their elected officials to remain in office with
such glaring character flaws and serious failures in judgment.
@LoveLife wrote: "Isn't it Governor Perry's job to oversee and
ensure that state offices are being run by competent and capable people?"Actually, no, it isn't.Unlike the governors of other
state, the governor of Texas does not have authority over state employees. The
governor's authority is basically limited to signing or vetoing bills and
pardoning prisoners. The governor of Texas has very little in the way of
executive authority: the lieutenant governor of Texas actually has more than the
Hey Lovelife –“I'm not quite seeing the wrongdoing
here.”Oh really? Let’s review, shall we?It
is illegal for a governor in the state of Texas to exceed his authority, and
Perry exceeded his authority by threatening a veto for the purpose of
intimidating a public servant into quitting, which is EXACTLY what he expressly
and noisily set out to do.Hey Kiddsport –“Have you not noticed how Republicans finding themselves in such
situations generally accept responsibility for their misbehavior and
resign?”Really? Oh good. When do you think we can expect
Perry’s resignation?I too think he should resign instead of
running up huge legal fees that have to be paid by taxpayers.
Tom in CA -"If these charges stand up in court, maybe this will
set the needed precedent for similar charges, i.e., abuse of power, to be
brought to Barack Hussein Obama"Don't get your hopes up.Obama doesn't abuse his power in attempts at bullying and
intimidation.Obama instead USES his power to the benefit of the
American people.See the difference?
Craig,You didn't answer if you've seen that video of her. If she
had taken responsibility for her actions and stepped aside, all the collateral
damage you speak of would have been avoided. I don't see how
Texas can have an effective Public Integrity Unit if the head of the unit is
using her position to threaten police. Her words: "better do
somethin' quick, because y'all are going to be in jail, not me, if you
don't do something pretty quick."You certainly can have
your opinion that this was Perry's revenge, but Ms. Lehmberg put herself in
an unfortunate circumstance of not being able to lead the Public Integrity Unit
or serve as DA. Even the NY Times and several liberal lawyers (David Axelrod,
Alan Derschowitz, Lanny Davis, Jonathan Turley) are saying that these charges
are a stretch and Perry is within his bounds as governor.
Understands Math:Is there any record that David Dewhurst, the
Lieutenant Governor, was against Lehmberg resigning? If he did and he oversees
state employees, then that would be an abuse by Governor Perry. But I
haven't heard of any disagreements between the two, and, as you stated, it
is Governor Perry's authority to veto the funding. The assumption would
have to be that Dewhurst agreed with Perry. GaryO-You go watch the
drunken video of her threatening the police and then please come back and say
that she deserves her position as DA and head of the Public Integrity Unit.
Besides that, President Obama threatens vetoes all the time if he disagrees with
anything in a bill. Isn't that overstepping his boundaries as executor of
the law and not letting Congress legislate, as is their duty in the
Constitution? Is not an abuse by Obama when he threatens to use his "pen and
a phone" if Congress doesn't do what he wants them to do?
At common law your conscience was your guide against the typical felonies of
murder, rape, robbery, arson, and kidnapping. Now there are so many felonies
that it is impossible for any citizen to keep up with them all. Some civil
liberties lawyers have estimated that the average adult unknowingly commits
several felonies a week. An example would be Al Gore who was soliciting
campaign funds from the White House phones. Of course, he wasn't indicted
nor was Bill Clinton for committing perjury about his affair with Monica
Lewinsky. The point is, it's up to the "powers that be" to decide
whether to indict you and ruin your life if you commit one of the hundreds, if
not thousands, of unknown crimes now on the books. Any citizen who dares to be
politically incorrect is at risk.
This is a George Soros funded attack group. They've done this to other
Republican politicians who they see as a threat. Gov. Perry should be flattered
as now he is seen as a threat to the Democrats. The suit, by the way, likely
goes nowhere. And, once again to all you Democrats who cry about Obama being
sued. Same old double standard if you decry that and accept this on Perry.
@ kiddsportYour claim that conservatives always do the right thing
when their missteps are discovered immediately reminded me of Tennessee
Republican Scott DesJarlais, who claims to be anti-abortion. Here's a
headline you might see if you Google his name: "Six affairs, two abortions,
and another term in Congress."Let's get real. The truth is
neither side has the market cornered on virtue, integrity, or high standards.
I see an eerie similarity between what is happening to Perry and what happened
to Shurtleff.Looks like Sim Gill and Rosemary Lehmberg, may be reading
from the same playbook. You do not like a political opponent, party or the way
they conduct business, forget the voters, simply use the criminal justice
system to try and take them out.
Hey LoveLife -Obama's threats of veto in the course of doing
his duty as President is in no way comparable to Perry's threats of veto
in the course of overstepping his authority as means to FORCE an elected
political opponent to resign.Perry thought he would just break the
law and intimidate a DA into quitting, huh? That shows very poor judgment, AND
arrogance.Has Obama ever used the threat of veto to get someone to
resign? No, of course not, that would be bullying and overstepping his
authority.Do you think it would be Ok for Obama to threaten a veto
if Ted Cruz doesn’t resign? Cruz, who unnecessarily cost the taxpayers
billions by shutting down the government, is more of a detriment to this nation
than a help, but Obama would have no authority to force him from office . . .
And he certainly doesn’t have the arrogance to attempt it.The
incredibly bad judgment shown by Perry should preclude him from holding high
office. He should resign ASAP instead of compelling Texas taxpayers
to pay for his defense, and otherwise drag his State through the mire.
We're targeting the wrong person!Who really, has been abusing
@worf 10:20 a.m. Aug. 20, 2014We're targeting the wrong
person!Who really, has been abusing power?-------------That's easy. Rick Perry has.
worfIn answer to your question. Obama.
I love it......blame Obama for Rick´s behavior. Some how I can hear it echo
that Obama was to blame for sinking of the Titanic. How about blaming Rick for
creating his own problems. Wait.......I am talking to Utah
Conservatives. A place where they have no fault.
@DN Subscriber....Your beloved GOP is certainly worthy of all the criticism they
get. "Smear tactics"? All they do is obstruct progress, blame everybody
for EVERYTHING--except themselves, and appear miserable, angry and immature.Know what's killing the republican party?Republicans.If they
were worth as much as they think they are, they would have seated a President
recently.But they are not, they haven't, and they won't in the