August 16, 2014
MSM: Activating Smear Campaign
The liberal media is beginning a smear campaign against a potential Republican Presidential candidate. If he had a "D" after his name, the media would be questioning the legitimacy of his indictment.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his veto power during a dispute with a public corruption prosecutor over her drunken driving arrest -- in a case that could mar the potential 2016 presidential candidate's political prospects.
Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, is the first Texas governor to be indicted in nearly a century.
The indictment came down late Friday, after a special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit, which is run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg's office.
The governor wanted Lehmberg, a Democrat, to resign after she was arrested and pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013. When she refused, Perry vetoed the money.
Video of Lehmberg being booked:
This drunken cow is not only a Travis County District Attorney, she is also head of the Public Integrity Unit.
Governor Perry's crime? He threatened to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit unless Lehmberg resigned. Even if Perry is found innocent of any wrong-doing, Democrats will use this indictment to smear him, and low-information voters will believe every word.
Updates below the fold.
UPDATE (Thanks, faboutlaws): Perry responds:
"As governor, I took an oath to faithfully uphold the constitution of Texas, a pledge that I have kept every day as I've worked on behalf of Texans for the last 14 years. This same constitution clearly outlines the authority of any governor to veto items at his or her discretion. 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.
"I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto, and will continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor. We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution.
"This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power and I cannot, and will not, allow that to happen. I intend to fight against those who would erode our state's constitution and laws purely for political purposes, and I intend to win. I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident we will ultimately prevail, that this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is, and that those responsible will be held to account."
More videos of Rosemary Lehmberg's drunk driving arrest:
Like a good Democrat, she plays the 'victim' card:
Off to jail!
BTW, Lehmberg received full salary while she was serving her jail sentence. That doesn't sound very harsh to me. It must be nice to have such a job.
Lehmberg is also currently being sued for firing a prosecutor who refused to illegally sabotage the investigation of an Austin police detective.
This is the head of the Public Integrity Unit? I do not think 'integrity' means what Democrats think it means.