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Rick Perry Under Investigation for Abuse of Texas Governor’s Office

governor-rick-perryRepublicans are clearly no strangers to blackmail.  Heck, Congressional Republicans have been trying to blackmail President Obama since he took office.  So it should come as no surprise to see Texas Governor Rick Perry being investigated for possibly abusing his office when he tried to blackmail Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after a DUI arrest this past April.

Lehmberg pled guilty and served half of a 45 day jail sentence, but refused to give in to calls from Republicans and Governor Perry to resign.

So what did Perry do?  Well, he threatened to cut funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which Lehmberg resided over, if she didn’t step down from her position.

Not only did he threaten this, he did so publicly.

She didn’t step down, and in June Rick Perry vetoed $3.7 million in funding for the program.  As a result of the budget cuts, the office was then forced to layoff 10 employees and drop 54 of its 400 active cases.

Except, he can’t do that.  See, it’s illegal for Perry to use his power to threaten another public servant.  Which is exactly what he did.  Though I’m sure Perry will try and spin it another way.

Good luck with that.  He very publicly made it known he wanted Ms. Lehmberg to resign and that if she didn’t he would cut funding for her office.  Let’s just look at his comments:

“Despite the otherwise good work (of) the Public Integrity Unit’s employees, I cannot in good conscience support continued state funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence.”

And there it is.

He felt she should resign, and because she didn’t, he cut funding for the Public Integrity Unit.  And there’s absolutely no way to spin that.

While he set out on a personal mission to try and force Ms. Lehmberg to resign, he seemingly couldn’t care less that his budget cuts would end up costing 10 people their jobs.  Nothing quite like playing politics with people’s lives, right?

For Rick Perry to sit on some pedestal of morality is the definition of hypocrisy.  After all, Perry is the one who created his own slush fund paid for by taxpayers so he could travel around the country building support for a 2016 presidential campaign.  And let’s not forget, his state recently admitted to partisan gerrymandering Congressional districts to specifically weaken the Democratic vote in Texas.

So Perry needs to spare us all from this charade that he’s some authority on acting ethically and with impeccable morals.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not endorsing Ms. Lehmberg’s actions or saying she absolutely deserved to keep her job.  But Rick Perry is the last person who should be lecturing someone else on morals and ethics judging by the examples he’s given us through his actions.

And while I dread the thought of Greg Abbott possibly being elected governor (Texans should be praying Wendy Davis runs), Rick Perry’s last day as Governor of Texas can’t come soon enough.

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Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

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  • http://kibblesbits.wordpress.com/ Ann

    It’s hard to find sympathy for someone who drives drunk, though. I can see wanting to get rid of someone in charge of integrity, when they have none. Wy couldn’t this monster be held accountable for her actions? She should not have that job, and her behavior is shameful and selfish. There needs to be something in contracts about this, so the next time someone does something as reprehensible as driving drunk, they lose their government job.

    • James Trepanier

      Because a GOVERNOR blackmailing another state employee shows show much more integrity and character? Perry is in no way any better than her, and has no moral high ground here. Add this to his endorsement of the partisan gerrymandering of the voting districts, and the defense of it by saying “The racist effects aren’t as bad as the 60′s.”? Seriously?

    • MrWereman

      Get rid of them both… DUI is a serious thing but blackmail is equal or worse.

      • me

        I’d have to argue that drunk driving has killed or seriously injured way, way more innocent people than blackmail ever has.

      • YouKnowMe

        And you know that how? You were there? If she had killed someone or was facing a trial that would take away from her time on the job, that’s one thing. But for a number on a breathalyzer?

      • LLCisyouandme

        Michael Dutton Douglas, entirely innocent, died.

        No one died with this DUI incident.

        Cyanide kills way less innocent people than guns; Yay cyanide!

        DUI is often a failure, an egregious mistake. Blackmail has malice aforethought, the intent of criminality, at it’s core. Rosemary Lehmberg, while she certainly should have known better, was not acting in her official capacity when she was arrested, later admitted guilt, accepted her punishment, satisfied the state. Gov Perry violated his oath and violated the law in his capacity as governor, in order to pursue his personal agenda, simultaneously making it harder for entirely innocent workers in the DA’s office to enforce the law (if they still have a job.) Which reflects more poorly, more concisely captures political corruption?

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello me,

        You obviously are not tuned into reality. Move the dial from bizarroworld to the real world.

      • Robert Johnson

        Costing 10 hard working people their jobs is far worse than a DUI conviction and sentence served . If she was court ordered to quit her job so be it. Blackmale shows how he has no morals or integrity at all

    • Robert Johnson

      well why stop at goverment jobs anyone who drinks and drives should lose their job . ohh hell why don’t we make it easy anyone who drinks or smokes lose their jobs! and then we can make government even bigger part of your life like telling you what you can do to your own body

      • stainpouch

        Ah….telling us what to do with our bodies? They’ve always done that.

    • MsGood Stuff

      I am not condoning drunk driving but her arrest shouldn’t effect her job. If she was male I doubt this would have even been an issue. She had a couple drinks in most states depending on her weight she could have had as little as one drink & been over the legal limit.

      • J

        Check your laws. You dont have to be over a limit. The law reads .08 OR not having the normal use of your mental and/or physical facalties. Also, any arrest while in public office (my opinion) should be grounds for termination.

      • LLCisyouandme

        You know that the ultimate result of Perry’s actions was to make public officials have even less accountablity, right? The Public Integrity Unit, which specifically prosecutes government employee malfeasance, has long been targeted for dismantling by Texas Republicans. So Perry is using accountability–as a hammer to destroy accountability.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello J,

        If that is your standard then most officials in offices around the US would probably be out of office. If Abraham Lincoln held that standard then Ulysses S. Grant would not have been the commanding General of the forces of the United States in the latter part of the Civil War (was there ever a civil war)? The War between the States, The Lost Cause as well as many other names for the minor disagreement between the North and the South.

    • The Green Devilish One

      Ummm, sweets, integrity is accepting responsibility and accepting punishment when one does something wrong. Not, say, holding midnight votes and trying to sneak anti-abortion provisions past the legislature.

    • Javier Olivarez

      OMG. I can’t believe you just defended Perry. Two wrongs don’t make a right. You are blind and ignorant.

    • stainpouch

      Does that apply to Presidents and Vice-Presidents?

      • LLCisyouandme

        Yes. You might remember vice-president Spiro T Agnew, who resigned in disgrace and was later convicted of felonious actions. You may remember president Richard M. Nixon, who used the Oval Office for plotting, planning, and celebrating a myriad assortment of felonies.
        If Gov Perry insists on resignations for DUI convictions (and up), why doesn’t he politic with the majority Republican Texas houses to make it a law? Pass something unequivocal and self-regulating. What, by the way, did Rick Perry have to say about Samuel B. Kent? (google it) Answer follows:

        Yup, did nothin’, said nothin’

      • stainpouch

        Both G W Bush and Dick Cheney have DUI convictions.

    • pame51

      try explain your case to people who have lost loved ones because of drunk drivers.. She only served 1/2 a sentence who’s power was used for that.. Not a fan of Perry’s but less of a fan of drunk driving.. She was wrong and she should have stepped down… Someone who lacks common sense and poor judgement such as drunk driving should lose that position..

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        Texas jails are crowded almost everyone only serves half in a county jail!

    • Sarah Allbright

      She is a monster because she made a mistake? I guess you are perfect. I guess you didnt read the story. She was held accountable for her actions.

  • Edward Baker

    Politics is a dirty business ,no matter what party you`re in .

  • MrWereman

    Last election Texas went red 60% to 40% blue… That means that only another 11% is needed for Texas to go BLUE!!! What a joyous election year that will be! And you bet your ass it WILL happen within the next 3-4 elections, and when it does, be prepared for the biggest conservative cry-baby fit the world has ever seen!

    • MrTejas

      Yeah, all the immigrates and people moving to Texas from blue bankrupt states will be sure of that. Everyone loves a handout right? I’m no fan of Perry but Texas going blue is sad.

      • Michael Case

        In what alternate universe?

      • Sera Varlane

        You mean that awkward moment when red states receive more aid from the federal government in terms of SNAP and other assistance? Oh wait…
        You don’t need no stinkin facts.

      • TexasForever

        Hey Sera, maybe you should check the facts. Texas receives less money from the federal government than it pays in federal taxes.

      • SophieCT

        Maybe YOU should read what she wrote. She said red states in response to the ignorant comment by MrTejas. She did not say Texas, which is the only red state that gives more than it gets. Wow, one whole red state pulling it’s own weight while the rest suck off the “vile libruls.” Go on, be proud!

      • LLCisyouandme

        When you argue by anecdote, it’s perfectly acceptable to say dogs don’t have four legs, because you saw one exception. And when you are from Texas, you somehow think the world ends at its borders.

      • Texas Forever

        Texas pulls it’s weight and the weight of many blue states that have negative job numbers and faltering economies.

      • Rich Kingdon

        Yeah, Texas going blue would be so sad. I mean, then there might even be education funding so people could learn to spell the really hard words…like “immigrant”.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello Rich Kingdom,

        I appreciate your attempt to teach MrTejas how to spell “immigrant” but he probably has trouble with words that exceed one syllable.

      • Kerry Wright

        Well Mr. Tejas, it’s to bad that your listening to what Rick Perry, and his buddies are selling. I think it would be a good idea if you looked at the “red” and “blue” states. While the “bankrupt blue ” states arent doing well, your “red state” neighbors are dying. Between the constrictive laws, and and abusive cuts in everything from health, jobs, education, and basic food, the immagrates, that you fear are actualy people that traditionaly the ones that believe the same way as you. There willingness to believe and ellect the same kind of folks that Texas has, and are like you paying for it . They are not immagrents, they are refugees, trying to better there living conditions. The out come will be a glut in cheap labor, a relaxation of of the laws to protect workers (the explosion of the LPG plant there is a example). In short you are creating a attitude to increase the division of the haves, and everybody else. Te out come, Texas will be the worlds largest work camp. It is your choice, keep the attitude of the red state, or advance and let Texas grow, for all that live there.

      • Georgia Tee

        You’re missing a very important fact, the states that take more from the gov’t than they put in are RED states, not blue. Looks like red states are getting quite a bit of federal funding.Try doing a little research……Have blue day..

      • Texas Forever

        You are clearly stupid. Texas takes less money from the federal government than it puts in.

      • LLCisyouandme

        Texas has only recently become an exception in this regard. This is just one more indicator that it may be turning blue. “Welfare states” are almost universally red. States that pay “more than their fair share” are almost universally blue. So–in keeping with their shoot themselves in the foot mentality, why don’t they pass a law that says every state has a 1:1 ratio as an upper limit for receiving federal funds. After all, we need to rein in the hangers on of the government teat, don’t we?

      • Tani Goodenov

        You can keep saying that all you want. It doesn’t make it true. What’s your source? Rick Perry or Sarah “I watch Russia” Palin?

      • SophieCT

        Again, READ! They do teach reading in that oppressive state, don’t they?

      • ultrawiz

        ONE state, Texas, is the only red state that does not take from the feds more than it puts in. Unfortunately it’s at the cost of it’s citizens who enjoy the lousiest health care, lowest school scores and graduates but is right up there with the most teen pregnancies. Yup, that’s someting to be real proud of.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello ultrawiz,

        Don’t forget executions!

      • angel slap miller

        Exactly. Texas REFUSES money because its citizens don’t actually need education, or healthcare, or food assistance, for that matter. Texas is so hateful the republicans cut off their dicks to spite their nuts. They are crazy and if people would wake up to what the republicans are actually doing to Texas, then they would vote them out. But, the bigotry and racism are indoctrinated hardcore into the Texas culture and all those white trash republicans voting against their best interests would rather die than vote for any democratic candidate because, as they have been indoctrinated, the democratic party is for queers, mexicans and blacks and you ain’t none of that! It is sickening. The indoctrination of Texans with hateful lies is what is destroying Texas. The republicans are their own worst enemy. But by the time the white trash Texans figure it out, it will be too late for them to do anything about it. The Texas republicans will have made laws making it impossible for anyone to challenge their authority. Oh yes, Texas republicans live by the rule: whoever makes the rules wins every time and they change the rules as necessary, cheat if they have to, making cheating legal, just so they win. Every time.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello Texas Forever,

        You sir have a reading and comprehension disability. Texas is the only “RED STATE” that gets less money back than it puts in. ALL THE OTHER RED STATES SUCK AT THE TEATS OF THE BLUE STATES DUE TO THE FACT THAT THEY GET MORE MONEY THEN THE PUT INTO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. The reason for the capitalization is to assist you in reading the words. If you do then you might be able to understand them.

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        You ignore the fact that Georgia Tee never mentioned Texas, but the red states in general. Georgia Tee’s information is 100% correct, and easily verifiable. Evidently, being clearly stupid yourself, that distinction was lost on you.

      • birdpilot1

        Texas is a “giver” only because of the shale oil/gas production. And the GOP here DID NOT put oil/gas into the shale, so no credit is due them.

        In fact, with the continuing drought here, the shale areas are seeing drastic drawdowns of water tables due to the fracking, water that is NOT able to be recycled back to potable use.

      • Alexis Betancourt

        This fact has been proven. Red states get more money from “the government” which they hate, than they give back. That is why if they want to secede more power to them. More money for the Blue States.

      • George Nestico

        Really shows just how much of and 1do1t you are they have the highest they are in the top five for highest poverty, in the top 2 for education, the only people moving into Texas are corporations as they can pay slave wages and no Taxes, and your such a big 1d1ot that you haven’t the brains to realize that illegals don’t sponge of the system as they want to go unnoticed, so their not getting food stamps, housing assistance, free medical none of that stuff in fact, and it is a fact the biggest recipients are the white crackers who are the majority of the welfare benies after all our taxes pay so the companies that don’t pay taxes in Texas will hire the Texans lol and their wages are so low they have to collect food stamps, another fact 99 % of the right to work states are all at poverty level lol see what an 1d1ot you are Jethro, and if you can please tell me what has any republican since Eisenhower ever done to move this country forward or make your life better answer that, what’s really sad is how uneducated you come across.

      • Evan Jones

        Don’t worry it’s not going to happen..

      • ultrawiz

        …until 2014 when Perry and his clueless ilk will be shown the door..

      • Evan Jones

        I hope you aren’t betting the kids college money on that. Texas is one of the few places prospering right now and may have the strength to get through the coming mess. To bring in the left now would be suicidal. And Texans aren’t know to be that crazy…

      • fivefoottwo

        Prospering? Oh my. Do you know anyone who LIVES in Texas? Prospering isn’t exactly the word they would use. . . . .

      • Texas Forever

        I live in Texas. Prospering is exactly one of the words that we use. We also use words like “successful”, “exceptional”, and “better than the rest of the states”.

      • John E

        It’s not just what people love that turns them Blue. It’s people like yourself calling things “handouts”. Argue this point more, call us more names. More Blue is coming.

      • Brian Justis

        The only ones receiving any types of handouts worth a turd are corporations. What’s your point? Why support corporate welfare over humanity?

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello Brian Justis,

        He believes that corporations are people and they are the job creators. Due to these two facts the corporations should not be taxed and they are the only ones allowed to vote!

      • ultrawiz

        Seriously? You do not know that it’s the red states that get the lions share of funding from the feds and it’s paid for by blue states? Going blue is the best thing that can happen to Texas.

      • Jawapeo

        It is sad that the only thing they can comment on is your spelling. Some people can’t hear other peoples opinion without getting mad. Sad Dems

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        Isn’t it funny then, that the red states are higher in high school dropouts, higher in teen pregnancies, and receive more money from the federal government for public assistance than they pay in taxes? Compared to the blue states, which pay more to the fed than they take back? Oh, I’m sorry, those are called “facts,” and I know that they make your head hurt, but really, just ‘cos you don’t like it doesn’t mean that it isn’t so.

    • Mike Benefield

      With all the fraudulent voters the Socialist Democrats have, it’s no wonder. NO ID TO VOTE!, they say.

      • Pamela A

        Proof? So the election, which wasn’t a landslide in 2012, was due to fraudulent voters? Ok, what about 2010? How exactly do you explain that there are RED states, which overwhelmingly vote the conservative line? So what good will voter redistricting do? IF the voters are fraudulent? You see, you have no proof of that. I can, however, site a couple times Republicans have illegally tried to sway the vote. Take voter drives who refuse to help Democrats (true and verifiable) or recently the man in PA who changed people’s party to try to alter votes for the right.

      • Pamela A

        BTW: I know you will never accept public funds, so just stay off my socialist roads, out of my socialist schools, don’t accept social security, medicaid, and support all your “lazy” family members who get state subsidies or support. I know there are some.

      • Texas Forever

        I am a Texas Republican. All of my children and I went to private schools without any government assistance and I do not draw social security or medicaid.

      • SophieCT

        Wow, aren’t you self-suffficient?! I bet everything you have and use was invented by you. I bet you never walked on a public road, took a book out of a public library, or watched public TV. I’ll be there wasn’t one bit of government-funded information studied at those private schools. I’ll bet you refuse to use the Internet because it was, gasp, publicly funded!
        Yes, I used snark font.

      • David Meaders

        Oh I doubt he ever used a public library.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello David Meaders,

        Or any library for that matter.

      • David Meaders

        Be sure you brought a legal library card, in order to get one you just need 17 forms of photo IDand the Magna Carta–no copies please.

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello David Meaders,

        Ah yes the great charter. Prince John and the nobles sitting around drinking tea and debating what rights and obligations each party owes to each other. I’ve attempted to acquire the doc but I keep screwing up and winding up in gaol. Not the nicest accommodations for a guest. LOL

      • David Meaders

        Ahh, gaol, the ultimate destination for those who would dare cast votes against their betters. Whilst commoners may have the right to vote, no one truly expects them to avail themselves of their franchise. (After all, the word franchise alone should stand as warning that minions should fear, and that the word “suffrage” is also deployed (it does sound deliciously like suffering) further stands as warning to those who are unworthy who would attempt to access their “rights”.

      • Texas Forever

        You are correct, I have never used a public library. I have yet to see the need to.

      • Texas Forever

        You sound exceptionally poor. I truly do feel sorry for those who must go through life at such a lower socioeconomic standing than my family. However, I would rather not have to subsidize your poor choices with my tax dollars.

      • angel slap miller

        You forgot to mention the biggest socialist welfare programs the republicans in Texas take advantage of: Home owner’s mortgage interest deduction and contributing to a 401k/IRA. Yep, if you use any of those programs, you are a moocher — unless, of course, you are a republican and then those programs are not considered an entitlement or socialism or any other incorrectly used word they apply to everything else.

      • stainpouch

        Good for you. Now please die.

      • standbehindtheyellowline

        Yet.

      • David Meaders

        But you will accept both when you come of age, right? BTW, don’t get sick, all hospitals receive government money (unrelated to medi/care/caid, etc.) & I would hate for you to be lying in that hospital bed thinking about all of the progressives who gave their tax dollars to support your care. Oh, and of course the dollars the progressives paid so that you and I might have a military, air and train travel, medical research (much is subsidized you know), and oh, so much more, because when it comes to this nation, “We Built It,” all of us; black, white, asian, european, -istanis, hispanic, tall, short, etc., etc., etc.

      • Texas Forever

        I have no plans to, nor will I have a need. I consider my payments into those programs an additional donation to the poor.

      • Dan Killian

        Glad you have the money to send your kids to PRIVATE SCHOOL most ppl don’t. Also, one day you will draw social security and medicare, doesn’t matter that you don’t right now.

      • carterfan

        show proof …your another one of those super low information gathering fools who who read one line of a story on foxnation then blather on and on in forums like these….i just hope you don’t vote

      • Kenneth C. Fingeret

        Hello carterfan,

        Or heaven forbid “reproduce”.

      • Tani Goodenov

        What do you have to say about the blatant efforts to deprive voters of their vote? Socialist Democrats? Hmmm … what’s wrong with that? It implies caring for all but stops short of communism insofar as a free economy still operates. This country could use a big dose of socialism right now. Screw those Fascists destroying our country that wrap themselves in flags!

      • Sharon Ager

        only fraudulent voters i have ever heard about have been republicans…….but i don’t watch fox so called news so i’m sure i have missed a few of the stories (made up stories)

      • John Robles, III

        Although voter fraud is rare, all most all of it is committed by Republicans in states that enacted voting restrictions. Yet this is just another fact that will go over your head.

      • standbehindtheyellowline

        I am so curious as to where do you people hear this stuff? It has been ALL OVER the internet, news, t.v. and papers that there is less than 3% voting fraud in the US and most of that is done by the Republican party. I know it is not in the “Republican troll Handbook” to answer the questions put before you, but if you could go outside the box and give proof, links or articles that prove your statement to be true, I would love to read or listen to it. Just 1 or 2 to give yourself credibility.

    • fivefoottwo

      I’m thrilled to see where Texas is going, it does leave me perplexed though. I’m a Kansan and our politics are still filled with “move over Texas, here we come” by Brownback our very own Rick Perry wannabe funded by the Koch brothers.

      Please keep Kansas in your thoughts. Our state is going to Hades in a hand basket. . . .

      • jonathan

        Yeah my family has a house in Kansas and sadly Kansas is going down. Quick too. In my county alone the population has been dropping for 30 years and literally 60% or more of the population is… well… on it’s last legs. Who’s going to plow the fields the couple times a year they actually plow in 20 years? Haha. Or tend to the cattle? Right now that’s a hard question to answer.

      • fivefoottwo

        It’s sad. Real sad.

        Ya know, you speak to the rural aspect of Kansas. Being somewhat involved in state issues, I’m just amazed at the mindset in rural America. The GREATEST folks you’ll ever meet. Hard working, compassionate folks. They just do not pay attention to what is going on within politics. As long as their “R” governor or representative stops by every now and then, smiles, waves and say a few kind words they jaunt off to the polls and vote straight party ticket at the general election. Primaries is where these folks are being hoodwinked. Big $$ are being pumped into our primary elections and moderates are being kicked to the curb by nothing but dollars in politics.

        Not a good situation at all. Kansas is gonna be suffering big time before these folks wake up and see just how badly they’ve been taken advantage of.

      • jonathan

        Yeah, I’m baffled with rural America myself. It truly makes no sense to me how uninformed they are generally speaking. Ignorant for lack of a better word. They overwhelmingly support a party that continually votes against their best interest. Their interests mostly being farm bills and things of that nature. Yet like you said, a few handshakes and a few laughs once or twice a year and that’s all it takes. Democrat commercials on TV in Kansas are non existent. Yet the part of the government they rely on almost completely, the agricultural dept. that rights off their crop losses and all that good stuff is almost universally supported by Democrats and the opposite with Republicans. I live in Florida but spend 2-3 months a year at my parent’s house in SE Kansas. So the differences really stand out at me when I go to and fro. But yes, it’s sad and even sadder is Kansas is not the only one. Not even close.

      • Alexis Betancourt

        I think the reason they get no good news is because you have the repub talk shows like “Rush” and his ilk.

  • Michael Case

    Governor Perry: “Golly. I hope my hair holds out”

  • Mike Williams

    It really is about Perry’s actions against the woman.

    Not the woman’s actions.
    Whatever she did it is up to her to step down or the people to recall her.
    However, Perry, given his past activities, has no business even being a governor. If Perry can blowup a men’s room with illegal explosives at a rival college as a youth, and still be an elected official ( An act that would label him as a domestic terrorist today) , I see no problem with the woman remaining in office. I do not condone her drunk driving, but if she served her time then so what, one has nothing to do with the other.

    President Obama~ Marijuana, black panther, Kenyan, Muslim, Nazi, Communist, Socialist, Tyrant, set the Hindenburg on fire, caused Krakatoa to erupt, Stole land from the American Natives in 1612 …(only one is true)

    President Bush~ Cocaine, Alcohol

    President Clinton~Marijuana~misplaced his manhood while in office.

    President GH Bush~ Can’t stomach Japanese food
    President Reagan~ While president aided cocaine trafficking….possibly where bush jr got his….re-elected after the news was broke.

    Marrion Barry Mayor Washington DC. Video taped smoking Crack Cocaine. Re-elected anyway….

    The list goes one, the crimes are varied. The point is the same.
    Unless the people do something about their elected officials and their conduct then the other officials have no right or business extorting or blackmailing them.

    • Rich Kingdon

      “…misplaced his manhood while in office.”

      That’s not true at all!

      He knew EXACTLY where his “manhood” was. He was just mad when everyone else found out. :)

      • David Meaders

        He was just mad because everyone made a big deal out of something that really was a private matter. The fact that he cheated on his wife was not an issue for the public to debate, it was an issue for Mr. & Mrs. C to work out in private. (True, it did happen while he was working, but to give the man some credit, he didn’t stop working while being “tended to” by ML.)

  • The Green Devilish One

    How Perry can even say the word integrity without wetting himself out of sheer guilt shows what a corrupt idiotic gimp he is.

  • Rich Kingdon

    “…I cannot in good conscience support continued state funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence.”

    Then why hasn’t Perry cut funding for his OWN office?

  • Derek Pryor

    This could mean much clearer sailing for Wendy Davis if she decides to run for Governor.

  • stainpouch

    This man is stupid as a post. If you don’t believe me, take a gander at his college transcripts. Horrifying. An Ag major with a D in “Meats”? He couldn’t think his way out of a paper sack then or now–as a matter of fact, by all outward appearances, he’s even stupider than the was then. By the way, he never took a course in ethics–just as well; he would have failed that too.

  • Mike Benefield

    Investigate Perry AFTER your beloved Fuhrer, Obama, has been investigated, convicted, and impeached or executed. Let’s get rid of the worst one first.

    • carterfan

      you are truly an idiot…crawl back to your swamp hut hillbilly

    • LLCisyouandme

      Nazi references are de facto evidence of an argument bereft of evidence, it’s an internet law. (Godwin’s Law–you can look it up.)

    • Kenneth C. Fingeret

      Hello Mike Benefield,

      Lets get them brought before courts and see what shakes out. Your prejudice towards the O’bomber is showing!

  • Jim Tarvin

    Perry should concentrate on what he is good at…..praying for rain that never comes.

    • Texas Forever

      By that bad argument, every time that it rains in Texas it is due to Rick Perry’s prayers.

      • Pipercat

        … or, it only rains when Rick isn’t paying attention!

  • carterfan

    Rick Perry is truly an embarrassment to America

    • Kenneth C. Fingeret

      Hello carterfan,

      Do not forget an embarrassment to humanity.

  • Patricia Robertson

    I am not a fan of people drinking and driving but if she have served her time then she is deserved another chance. What about all the other in the government who drink and drive and don’t get caught and end up killing someone is who he should be aware of . He is just upset with this lady because she is smarter than he is and another female is after his job and he has the nerve to want to run for president. He still don’t realize that he became governor at a time when the republicans was playing to the base of the teaparty that they was going to get rid of the president by impeaching the president and they failed at that job big time.

    • LLCisyouandme

      He may dislike her pathologically because she is a woman who doesn’t bend to his whims, but his ultimate goal is to destroy the Public Integrity Unit, has been the goal of Texas Republicans for a long time, because that unit’s job is to prosecute government malfeasance. He’s using the sham premise of her accountability to destroy all gov’t accountability. Relish the irony.

  • Tani Goodenov

    Rick Perry is a turd and so is anyone else who would vote for him!

  • David Meaders

    good luck, it’s a Texas judge. This just means they forgot his cut and now he has to get it the hard way. A “small” “donation” from a friend will make this go away

  • David Meaders

    I wonder how many of the ” 54 of its 400 active cases” involved someone Rick Perry knew, and was trying to “help”.

  • Ron Osborne

    I heard he was doing wheelies on 6th the other night.

  • christian

    Stupid Texas voters. Wake up fools

  • Pam R

    He just guaranteed his re-election. Repubs LOVE a good crooked bastard and never pass up a chance to vote for them.

  • WakeUpAmerica

    And let’s not forget his run for President. During one of his public appearances, he was CLEARLY under the influence of something. Anyone have the link to that video or remember what event it was?

  • Alison Draper

    Whatever happened to the following of LBJ? How did Texas fall behind? Tell me the Democrats are following well being? Being the State in the States…where are the demo’s? Their Govn’r is crazy … and a joke who is self-appointed to capital punishment. I am not a Texan (Thank, God) but watch him on T.V. – before changing the station…