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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Perry has reason to be worried if he is planning another run for the White House. Whether or not what he did was technically legal, what's at issue is his temperament and judgment as displayed in the defunding of an entire state office because of the misconduct of its administrator.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

If these charges stand up in court, maybe this will set the needed precedent for similar charges, i.e., abuse of power, to be brought to Barack Hussein Obama - which would be a net gain in my book.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Perry is just the latest victim of a common (and despicable) Democrat dirty tricks campaign.

We saw endless, and baseless, lawsuits against Gov. Sarah Palin in Alaska.
We saw endless, and baseless, lawsuits and innuendo campaigns against Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
We saw endless smear campaigns against Gov. Chris Christy in New Jersey over "bridgegate".
Now it is a smear charge against Gov. Rick Perry for exercising his power as Governor to veto appropriations for the office of an abusive drunk driving politician.

What do all these four governors have in common? Each one was mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate.

Do these tactics work? Yes, Gov Palin was forced to resign due to ruinous legal bills and the distraction by the bogus charges from her time to run the state. The same Texas politicians attacking Gov. Perry filed charges against former GOP whip Tom Delay, forcing him to pay millions in legal fees, but eventually he was acquitted of all their baseless accusations, albeit broke and no longer in office.

Democrat smear tactics win- bankrupting opponents, smearing their name before elections, even if they are eventually acquitted.

Welcome to Chicago political tactics on a national scale.

salt lake city, UT

Often times Karma is justice. But unfortunately the taxpayers are the ones picking up the tab.

Riverton, UT

Have you seen that video of Ms. Lehmberg? Her blood alcohol was three times the legal limit, an open container of vodka was in her car, and she was using her position as Travis County DA to threaten the police.

And that's the person who should be in charge of prosecuting other drunk driving cases and running the Public Integrity Unit?

Isn't it Governor Perry's job to oversee and ensure that state offices are being run by competent and capable people? She was offered another job in the DA office and Perry's office agreed to have the First Assistant DA (a Democrat) take over.

I'm not quite seeing the wrongdoing here.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Perry’s personal vendetta against a Democratic district attorney hurt a lot more people than the one he was out to get. Instead of punishing just her, he punished Texas citizens who benefit from that office and innocent state employees who staff it. Apparently, Perry saw them as unavoidable collateral damage that’s to be expected in political warfare.

I don’t see how that level of heavy-handed use of gubernatorial power was warranted. The people can decide for themselves. It’s best that they’ve seen beforehand an appalling sampling of the methods of an ambitious man who wants to be President.

Fairview, UT

You needn't worry about the state employees. We've seen through the sequestration fiasco that government employees are well taken care of. Obviously, Gov. Perry couldn't fire her because she was an elected official, however, as with our three-tiered system of checks and balances, he did have the authority to withhold funding until he was sure those tax dollars would be well spent, as was his responsibility and oath of office.
Are you not the least bit affronted by the hypocritical and brash behavior exhibited by the district attorney? Have you not noticed how Republicans finding themselves in such situations generally accept responsibility for their misbehavior and resign while Democrats rarely do? I have and it causes me to wonder why others are comfortable with allowing their elected officials to remain in office with such glaring character flaws and serious failures in judgment.

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

@LoveLife wrote: "Isn't it Governor Perry's job to oversee and ensure that state offices are being run by competent and capable people?"

Actually, no, it isn't.

Unlike the governors of other state, the governor of Texas does not have authority over state employees. The governor's authority is basically limited to signing or vetoing bills and pardoning prisoners. The governor of Texas has very little in the way of executive authority: the lieutenant governor of Texas actually has more than the governor.

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey Lovelife –

“I'm not quite seeing the wrongdoing here.”

Oh really? Let’s review, shall we?

It is illegal for a governor in the state of Texas to exceed his authority, and Perry exceeded his authority by threatening a veto for the purpose of intimidating a public servant into quitting, which is EXACTLY what he expressly and noisily set out to do.

Hey Kiddsport –

“Have you not noticed how Republicans finding themselves in such situations generally accept responsibility for their misbehavior and resign?”

Really? Oh good. When do you think we can expect Perry’s resignation?

I too think he should resign instead of running up huge legal fees that have to be paid by taxpayers.

Virginia Beach, VA

Tom in CA -

"If these charges stand up in court, maybe this will set the needed precedent for similar charges, i.e., abuse of power, to be brought to Barack Hussein Obama"

Don't get your hopes up.

Obama doesn't abuse his power in attempts at bullying and intimidation.

Obama instead USES his power to the benefit of the American people.

See the difference?

Riverton, UT

You didn't answer if you've seen that video of her. If she had taken responsibility for her actions and stepped aside, all the collateral damage you speak of would have been avoided.

I don't see how Texas can have an effective Public Integrity Unit if the head of the unit is using her position to threaten police.

Her words: "better do somethin' quick, because y'all are going to be in jail, not me, if you don't do something pretty quick."

You certainly can have your opinion that this was Perry's revenge, but Ms. Lehmberg put herself in an unfortunate circumstance of not being able to lead the Public Integrity Unit or serve as DA. Even the NY Times and several liberal lawyers (David Axelrod, Alan Derschowitz, Lanny Davis, Jonathan Turley) are saying that these charges are a stretch and Perry is within his bounds as governor.

Riverton, UT

Understands Math:

Is there any record that David Dewhurst, the Lieutenant Governor, was against Lehmberg resigning? If he did and he oversees state employees, then that would be an abuse by Governor Perry. But I haven't heard of any disagreements between the two, and, as you stated, it is Governor Perry's authority to veto the funding. The assumption would have to be that Dewhurst agreed with Perry.

GaryO-You go watch the drunken video of her threatening the police and then please come back and say that she deserves her position as DA and head of the Public Integrity Unit. Besides that, President Obama threatens vetoes all the time if he disagrees with anything in a bill. Isn't that overstepping his boundaries as executor of the law and not letting Congress legislate, as is their duty in the Constitution? Is not an abuse by Obama when he threatens to use his "pen and a phone" if Congress doesn't do what he wants them to do?

Centerville, UT

At common law your conscience was your guide against the typical felonies of murder, rape, robbery, arson, and kidnapping. Now there are so many felonies that it is impossible for any citizen to keep up with them all. Some civil liberties lawyers have estimated that the average adult unknowingly commits several felonies a week. An example would be Al Gore who was soliciting campaign funds from the White House phones. Of course, he wasn't indicted nor was Bill Clinton for committing perjury about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. The point is, it's up to the "powers that be" to decide whether to indict you and ruin your life if you commit one of the hundreds, if not thousands, of unknown crimes now on the books. Any citizen who dares to be politically incorrect is at risk.

clearfield, UT

This is a George Soros funded attack group. They've done this to other Republican politicians who they see as a threat. Gov. Perry should be flattered as now he is seen as a threat to the Democrats. The suit, by the way, likely goes nowhere. And, once again to all you Democrats who cry about Obama being sued. Same old double standard if you decry that and accept this on Perry.

Karen R.
Houston, TX

@ kiddsport

Your claim that conservatives always do the right thing when their missteps are discovered immediately reminded me of Tennessee Republican Scott DesJarlais, who claims to be anti-abortion. Here's a headline you might see if you Google his name: "Six affairs, two abortions, and another term in Congress."

Let's get real. The truth is neither side has the market cornered on virtue, integrity, or high standards.

Junction City, KS

I see an eerie similarity between what is happening to Perry and what happened to Shurtleff.
Looks like Sim Gill and Rosemary Lehmberg, may be reading from the same playbook. You do not like a political opponent, party or the way they conduct business, forget the voters, simply use the criminal justice system to try and take them out.

Virginia Beach, VA

Hey LoveLife -

Obama's threats of veto in the course of doing his duty as President is in no way comparable to Perry's threats of veto in the course of overstepping his authority as means to FORCE an elected political opponent to resign.

Perry thought he would just break the law and intimidate a DA into quitting, huh? That shows very poor judgment, AND arrogance.

Has Obama ever used the threat of veto to get someone to resign? No, of course not, that would be bullying and overstepping his authority.

Do you think it would be Ok for Obama to threaten a veto if Ted Cruz doesn’t resign? Cruz, who unnecessarily cost the taxpayers billions by shutting down the government, is more of a detriment to this nation than a help, but Obama would have no authority to force him from office . . . And he certainly doesn’t have the arrogance to attempt it.

The incredibly bad judgment shown by Perry should preclude him from holding high office.

He should resign ASAP instead of compelling Texas taxpayers to pay for his defense, and otherwise drag his State through the mire.

Mcallen, TX

We're targeting the wrong person!

Who really, has been abusing power?

Ogden, UT

@worf 10:20 a.m. Aug. 20, 2014

We're targeting the wrong person!

Who really, has been abusing power?


That's easy. Rick Perry has.

clearfield, UT


In answer to your question. Obama.

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