Emails from Representatives Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal show their support for embattled Texas governor, Rick Perry, who was indicted this week on felony charges alleging abuse of power.
Perry tried to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after she was charged with a DUI, and threatened to hold district funds if she did not. (See also Lehmberg called 'unfit' to serve).
|Travis County police mug shot of Texas governor Rick Perry.|
While both Cruz and Jindal state their belief that the indictment is the action of "liberal politicians", both also expressed their individual opinions.
Writes Cruz in an email to constituents, "Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable. Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity – I am proud to stand with Rick Perry. The Texas Constitution gives the governor the power to veto legislation, and a criminal indictment predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect."
Jindal also sent out an email where he writes, "The facts are clear. Governors have the right to exercise veto authority, and my friend Rick Perry exercised his constitutional authority and stood up for responsible government when he vetoed funding for a Texas agency run by someone who pled guilty to DWI and served 45 days in jail. One only needs to see a few highlights from the video of District Attorney Lehmberg’s arrest – during which she spits at law enforcement and is restrained in a Travis County jail – to see why she wasn’t fit for her job as head of the Public Integrity Unit!
Perry, who many believe has aspirations for a 2016 presidential run, insists he is innocent and says he will fight the charges "with every fiber of his being."
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