Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is blaming Democrats for his spectacular presidential campaign crash and burn while ignoring the fact that he is under indictment for felony abuse of power.
Perry blamed Democrats on Fox News’s Hannity:
Perry said, “We knew that there were two things we had to take care of. Two things that had to go away if you will, and another thing that needed to happen. One of those was the indictment. The indictment by the Travis County district attorney’s office, this drunk DA that had used this office, we think, for political purposes did the same thing to Tom DeLay. Lasted for ten years. The other thing that we knew had to happen. We had to be on the main debate stage on August the sixth. We missed by just a few percentages of one point, so when those two things didn’t happen it had a very negative impact on our fundraising through the summer.”
Former Gov. Perry went on to blame Democrats for the indictment. He said, “The political opponents, they did their damage. They let that be a real corrosive effect on the process.”
Perry’s felony abuse of power indictment carries a potential prison sentence of 5-99 years, but he is blaming Democrats for the fact that he abused his power as governor in an attempt to force a district attorney to resign. Perry attempted to use his veto power to withhold funding from the Public Integrity Unit in order to force a county district attorney to resign.
Republicans call themselves the party of personal responsibility, but Rick Perry is taking no personal responsibility for his behavior. It is impossible to take Republicans seriously when they talk about personal responsibility when they take zero responsibility for their own behavior.
Here is a news flash for Rick Perry. If he had not abused his power as governor, he wouldn’t be under indictment. The failure of his presidential campaign is tied to decisions that he made as governor.
With his attitude of whining and blaming others, former Gov. Perry isn’t going to last long behind bars if he gets convicted.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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