Aug 22 2014
Texas Governor Rick Perry was booked on Tuesday on charges of two felony counts.
This is how the Washington Post described the charges: “At issue is a threat Perry followed through with to veto funding to an anti-corruption agency. Perry vetoed $7.5 million for the Public Integrity Unit after Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg (D) refused to resign following a 2013 drunk driving arrest. The anti-corruption agency is part of the district attorney’s office.”
Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event yesterday, Perry referred to his case, saying he was exercising his constitutional veto, and that he would fight back. Following his mugshot, which has spawned an internet meme, and which shows him smirking, the Governor tweeted a photo of himself getting ice cream, as if to underscore how seriously or not, he takes the indictment.
Perry is due to be arraigned today and it is not clear if he will show up. He has garnered a strong show of support from such fellow Republicans as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has faced his own scandal.
GUEST: James Moore, a New York Times best selling author, MSNBC political analyst, an Emmy winning TV news correspondent, and author of Adios Mofo: Why Rick Perry Will Make America Miss George W. Bush