Rick Perry Is Dragging Down The Republican Party as Ted Cruz Stands With Indicted Gov.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joined the Republicans who are jumping on board Rick Perry’s sinking ship by announcing that he is standing with the indicated Texas governor. If Republicans stand too close to Perry, they all could be brought down with him.

Rick Perry could be facing 109 years in prison for a reason, but none of this seems to bother Ted Cruz.

Cruz posted a statement on his Facebook page, “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.”

It is important to know what the person who Ted Cruz considers to be a man of integrity actually did, “Perry got himself into hot water by threatening to withhold $7.5 million in funding unless the Democratic Travis County DA resigned. Perry wanted her to resign after she was convicted of a DWI. The Democrat promised not to run for reelection, but refused to resign. Perry’s actions put a cloud of uncertainty over hundreds of criminal investigations and were illegal. The governor can’t withhold funding in order to pressure another elected official to resign. The matter of the DA and her DWI is an issue between her and the voters.”

The problem isn’t that Gov. Perry wanted her to resign. The problem is that Perry threatened to withhold funding for her office unless she resigned. That is illegal, and the textbook definition of abuse of power. Republicans have a decades-long legacy of claiming that any criminal investigation against them is politically motivated by their partisan enemies. This tactic was pioneered by Richard Nixon, who is not a name that Rick Perry should want to be associated with in any way right now.

Republicans are playing fast and loose with the facts. They are making claims that Perry was indicted for trying to cut the DA’s budget. This isn’t true. Republicans have been desperately searching for a moral vindication for Perry’s actions, but the law is clear.

Sec. 39.02 of the Texas penal code states:

ABUSE OF OFFICIAL CAPACITY. (a) A public servant commits an offense if, with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, he intentionally or knowingly:

(1) violates a law relating to the public servant’s office or employment; or

(2) misuses government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into the public servant’s custody or possession by virtue of the public servant’s office or employment.

Rick Perry broke the law. Any Republican who stands with Rick Perry is supporting a suspected criminal. If Republicans aren’t careful, Rick Perry will drag down anyone who supports him. The statement by Cruz speaks volumes about the moral and ethical core that is lacking in the Republican Senator. The Republican Party is on thin ice when it comes to Perry, and the governor could take the rest of the GOP down with him.

56 Replies to “Rick Perry Is Dragging Down The Republican Party as Ted Cruz Stands With Indicted Gov.”

  1. The way I see it the sooner they self destruct the better. Then hopefully we as a people can move forward on issues that really matter.

  2. It doesn’t seem to matter what a Republican does, the others support him or her and find all manner of ways to justify what they did. If a Democrat just does their job, it is grounds for impeachment or resignation. The double standard of the Republican party is obvious to any reasonable person.

  3. FoX keeps repeating that Perry has
    Raphael Cruz’e
    “Full-Throated” Support!!!
    hmmm….
    Am I the only one ROFLMFAO?

  4. Yes, apparently the woman was investigating
    some kind of cancer charity and Perry buddies
    had gotten millions from it.

  5. So what does Cruz call the GOP’s continual sniping about the President’s use of his constitutional authority? I hope this brings down Perry, Abbott, Cruz, and all the rest of them. We need to have a functional country again.

  6. Well they claim they are smarter than the president, but he don’t seem so sure of himself right about now. He sound more angry than anything. He sound like the kid who got caught with his hands in the cookie jar and he didn’t get pull it out fast enough. Look like everything is falling apart for the republicans and teaparty these days nothing is going the way they want it to go.

  7. Isn’t that nice of Cruz to throw a lifeline for Perry..

    Too bad the 500 pound albatross on him known as an ‘indictment’ will drag both of them to the bottom of the sea of wasted hope.

  8. “politically motivated prosecution.”
    one word: issa.
    “is a man of integrity”
    men if integrity are not indicted.
    “his constitutional authority.”

    cruz is a canadian citizen. he knows nothing about the constitution of texas or the united states.

    “republicans are playing loose and fast with the facts.,”

    surely not! knock me over with the a feather!

  9. Now the right wing nut case websites are running stories like this:
    Top Dem Axelrod appears to support Perry, says indictme… FOX News
    Even Liberals Think The Indictment Of Rick Perry Looks Weak
    Business Insider-2 hours ago

    David Axelrod: ‘Perry Indictment Looks Pretty Sketchy’
    Breitbart News-2 hours ago
    I thought David Axelrod was supposed to be politically pretty smart? How in the world would you send out a tweet like that about someone like Perry, after you’ve read something like this from the Dallas News

    Perry made it clear in public statements and through emissaries that he didn’t believe the state should fund an office headed by someone who had lost the public’s trust.
    He pointed to Lehmberg’s arrest just two months prior for drunk driving, which included her video-taped, belligerent conduct while being booked into the jail.

    At the time, the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates and prosecutes public corruption and malfeasance, was examining one of Perry’s signature projects – the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

    If she had resigned, Perry would have appointed her replacement.
    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/08/rick-perry-indicted-on-two-felonies.html/

  10. Perry is doomed. He will not run in 2016 and either will Christy, Walker,Scott,McDonaled even Bush..All dead in the water. These fachist crooks no longer have credibility even with their own party. Another one bits the dust. Good riddance.

  11. “Full-Throated” Support!!!
    hmmm….
    Am I the only one ROFLMFAO?
    ==================
    OMG LMAO! No you’re not the only one!! That’s even funnier when you know of all the old rumors that used to float around about Perry having secret trysts with gays in Austin, back in the days when I lived in Austin.

    You’ve made my afternoon =)

  12. you would vote for him
    ~~~~~~~~~

    I don’t know yet if he’s worth supporting if he runs again. (Which most are surmising he will)

    He didn’t have my support last time… even before the big “oops”.

  13. What’s even more special about this particular prosecution is that this time, everything Perry did is out in the open, front page news, publicly done. There’s really not even anything to decide other than how much jail time does he deserve. That’s how arrogant and corrupt Perry has become. He truly thinks he is above the law in Texas.

  14. *Idiocracy* Did you see the movie?
    It was banned from movie theaters! Just bought it on Amazon for $10.00.
    What a WARNING of our potential future!

  15. At the time, the Public Integrity Unit, which investigates and prosecutes public corruption and malfeasance, was examining one of Perry’s signature projects – the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It appears as though that investigation concluded with one indictment in Dec. 2013.

    “[T]he Travis County district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit opened a wide-ranging criminal investigation into CPRIT. Prosecutors said their CPRIT investigation is now over, and they don’t expect any other charges.”

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131206-ex-official-indicted-over-11-million-texas-cancer-fund-grant.ece

    Dems may have stumbled with Rosemary Lehmberg.
    Here’s just one of the many similar images that will be all over national networks next week and the whole country will know that Texas has a drunk- driving DA.

    https://twitter.com/CFLancop/status/500734309503090688/photo/1

    And Perry is going to look bad?

  16. Anybody the GOP nominate will be a shoein. The Republican Party now resemble the Three Stooges!

    They prefer ignorance over intellect, extremism over moderation, and it’s destroying the party.

    This much I have noticed, Perry always claims “God told him______(fill in the blank), yet God didn’t tell him to get the hell out of dodge because his political career is about to be ruined.

  17. Some seem unable to acknowledge that Perry isn’t being indicted because he vetoed the funding for the PIU. He was indicted because he used his office to exact personal revenge upon Lehmberg because she wouldn’t resign when he demanded that she resign. Sure, he had the right to veto the funding, but the mistake he made was publicly tying it to Lehmberg’s refusal to resign. If he’d kept his mouth shut and hadn’t made the threat, he wouldn’t have been indicted, but he didn’t. He threw his weight around, opened his mouth, and told us the veto was because of Lehmberg. He’s now vowing to make the indictment go away, but he can’t. It’s a done deal, and he’ll have to appear in court and enter a plea. He might not be found guilty, but he and his supporters cannot erase the fact that the grand jury found some reasons to indict him for abusing the powers of his office. I think Perry is upset because thus far, he’s been able to do sh*t and get away with it. This time he got checkmated.

  18. I read Mark Levin, RW radio “shock jock” didn’t take Perry’s indictment well. He completely lost his shit. I bet it’s hilarious to listen to but I’ll pass.

  19. And we can see the top of the canyon from just where I’m standing and it looks as if Michelle Backitup is kneeling in in front of…Oh my goodness, this is the wrong post! I’m sorry….Oops!

  20. I think I will wait to see Perry’s booking photo before I decide. Let’s see driving while drunk and angry or Perry’s 2 Felony counts ABUSE OF OFFICIAL CAPACITY. (a) A public servant commits an offense if, with intent to obtain a benefit or with intent to harm or defraud another, he intentionally or knowingly:

    (1) violates a law relating to the public servant’s office or employment; or

    (2) misuses government property, services, personnel, or any other thing of value belonging to the government that has come into the public servant’s custody or possession by virtue of the public servant’s office or employment.

    This is going to be interesting.

  21. Always Curious at 4:00 am

    I think I will wait to see Perry’s booking photo before I decide.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Decide what?

    If you want to laugh or cry when his poll numbers soar?

  22. Abuse of power? Sounds like the U.S. Attorney General office has his hands full, should investigate those in Congress “who’s only goal is to make this President a one Term President” how many others should be questioned on their abuse of power, how about Boehner any others you can think or know of,lots to choose from.Lots of them in the
    “Party of No”

  23. Rick Perry is Dragging down the Republican Party!!!…Maybe…but The Republican Party with the help of The Tea Party and the Religious Right…are doing this
    “all by themselves”.

  24. You all seem to forget something, if Perry is found GUILTY on just 1 count, he isn’t allowed to run for President. Anyone with a criminal background and with the fact it was “Abuse of Power charge, the Law won’t allow him to.

  25. Thank you,
    With the loss of “real life” Newspapers,leaving the newstand and can only be read online,is failing to let readers send a editorial,comment. It seems refreshing to write and read others point of view,
    besides the editor and publishers.

  26. The way I see it, and this is how Rick Perry explained it, She the lady who was arrested at 3X allowed blood alcohol content was allowed to keep her office in Travis County if the people of Travis county still wanted her, but what the Governor of the State of Texas Just like the President of the United States has the Power to do if he so deems it necessary without explanation or with explanation is to Veto any funding or Legislation without any consent or reason, this is the reason we Elect a Governor, if a Governor can’t do his job except with consent, then why even Elect a Governor of any State ? Well, she was drunk and holds an Important Public office that requires the Publics trust, there are many other offices that he never said anything about people getting drunk but if people suspect that there is a lack of fainess or unfair treatment it reflects on leaders of the state of Texas. Now what he did say with his veto is that Travis county will not receive State Funds, that’s it….

  27. And this is the reality.
    1. She is an elected official.
    2. She was investigating a Cancer prevention outfit that was run by friends of Rick Perry
    3. The funds that group got seemed to make its way into Rick Perrys friends hands. And not used for cancer prevention
    4. Rick Perry wanted her to stop the investigation. She said no. At that point Perry said he would cut off funds if she didnt resign.
    5. She said no. He cut the funds. Now he is in deep shit for abusing the power of his office to cover up his friends taking money

  28. Rick Perry doesn’t meet the culpability requirements as his intent was to ensure a higher standard of ethics for the organization and not to harm the individual or gain benefit. The prosecution will not be able to prove intent nor benefit. Travis County should be embarrassed by the entire thing. They will not save face regardless of the outcome.

  29. As an initial matter, this article miscites the relevant Statute (it’s Texas Penal Code Section 36.02, NOT 30.02), then completely ignores the critical fact that, by reason of Perry’s line item veto (which he had the full authority to exercise, see Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14), NO FUNDS WERE EVER APPROPRIATED, ergo, there were no funds capable of being “misused” by Governor Perry. There are just as many problems with the Second Count of the Indictment, brought under Texas Penal Code Section 39.03. This is a completely meretricious Indictment, brought only for political reasons. I swear, if brains were dynamite, Democrats couldn’t amass enough among all of them to bust open a jar of pickles.

  30. except for one tiny little fact. This is not about Gov. Perry misusing funds. This is about friends of Gov. Perry getting government money for a cancer prevention organization and using that money for personal reasons. The governor threatened to cut off the funds of the department who was investigating those people who use the funds for personal reasons. That’s why he blackmailed the woman in the elected position so he could appoint someone who would not investigate his friends

    and here you are talking about people with brains and you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. It’s obvious you are a Democrat

  31. Well, it’s not an IMPORTANT law, is it? I mean, Perry didn’t REALLY do something wrong, right?

    It’s not like he stole Cigarillos or two cans of soft drinks, is it?

    Of course he didn’t act DEFIANT and display a bad attitude because he feels unjustifiably singled out for harassment, false arrest, and malicious prosecution!

    Good thing too, because that would be REALLY bad and subject to a death penalty, after all.

    All Perry did is attempt to extort an elected official into resigning against her will. It’s just politics, right? Nobody got hurt!

    It’s not like government corruption costs taxpayers trillions, undermines Democracy, or influences the passing of laws.

    Perry is rightfully proud to be the poster boy for the GOP: caught red-handed fudging a teensy little pup of a law, he takes the Party stance: ignore the facts and spin propaganda to divide and conquer America in the name of the GOP.

    And Gawd and FoxNews will back him up.

  32. Actually Perry did a little more. Trying to blackmail an elected official into resigning to keep her from investigating why government money ended up in his friends personal bank accounts and shouldn’t have been there

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