Texas Governor Rick Perry is fighting charges after he threatened to and then did veto funds for a Travis County “Public Integrity Unit”. The veto was conditional upon the Public Integrity Unit retiring District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg as its’ head, due to a recent DUI conviction and other disgraceful acts.
At the Travis County Justice Center, Perry told the media,
“As governor, I took an oath to faithfully uphold the Constitution of Texas, a pledge that I have kept every day on behalf of the Texans that I’ve worked for for 14 years,” he began.
“That same constitution clearly outlines the authority of any governor to veto any items at his or her discretion.”
“I stand behind my authority, and I would do it again,” Perry said. “I stand behind that veto, and I would make that veto again.”
Perry has had a mob of supporters at each appearance at the Justice Center that stand by his initial honest veto decision as well as filing a motion to dismiss the special prosecutor in the case, and the request of the grand jury testimony that led to his being charged.
“Exercising proper jurisprudence is not a technicality, it is a requirement essential for the rule of law,” Perry said. “It is important to fight for that rule of law.”
And the case gets more attention with political interest that has been stirred up as Perry moves toward becoming a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
“I’m here today because I did the right thing,” Perry said in another appearance outside the Travis County Justice Center this August. “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.”
(h/t: Conservative Tribune)