Well, today kind of sucked anyway.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) September 11, 2015
One of two felony indictments against former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was tossed out Friday, giving the Republican presidential candidate a potentially huge legal victory in the face of flagging polling numbers for the 2016 race.
The 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin sided Friday with Perry’s high-powered legal team in ruling that the charge of coercion of a public servant essentially constituted a violation of Perry’s free speech rights.
Now toss the other one. Because a veto threat is not an abuse of power. It is a reminder, and expression, of an executive’s authority. I’m sorry that this is awkward for Democrats, but then they didn’t have to support a drunken district attorney who made actual threats when they hauled her in on DUI charges.
This is an important technique that every Republican politician and candidate for President should use when asked about Planned Parenthood. (more…)
Former Governor Rick Perry of Texas wants to hit ‘sanctuary cities’ where it hurts: smack dab in the middle of their federal funding.
“Today, I am proposing to pull funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program—or SCAAP—from sanctuary cities. States with sanctuary cities will lose a proportionate amount of their SCAAP funding as well. SCAAP funding will also be restricted to jurisdictions that actively participate in immigration law enforcement programs. Cities and counties with sanctuary policies in place will also be prohibited from applying for federal law enforcement or Department of Homeland Security grants. Federal taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to subsidize the irresponsible behavior of these governments. Furthermore, the Justice Department should allow federal immigration officials, either through the executive branch or Congressional action, to have access to prisons and holding facilities in sanctuary cities and counties, so as to verify the immigration status of people in those facilities.”
This should shock nobody.
Gov. Rick Perry personally called a well-known Austin Democrat to discuss her interest in replacing Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg days before the public learned Perry was threatening to withhold state funding from Lehmberg’s office unless she resigned.
Austin defense attorney Mindy Montford, who previously ran as a Democratic candidate for state district judge and district attorney in Travis County, confirmed her conversation with Perry — which took place in early June 2013, to the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV on Sunday.
Which is to say: really, really dumb ones.
— Keith Appell (@keithcrc) August 17, 2014
As my wife put it: some days you just have to close your eyes and accept that you’re done now. Of course, all of this is generating tons of good footage for campaign ads. Campaign ads from my side.
Via Patterico comes a marvelous moment from Texas governor Rick Perry:
Here’s a free-form translation: They say I used my authority as Governor to line-item-veto a part of the budget to get rid of a horrible, horrible district attorney. Danged straight I did this. I said I was going to do this, and then I went and did this, and I’m going to sleep like a baby tonight because I did this to a drunk driver who blew a .239 on her BAC and then threatened the cops who arrested her booze-raddled carcass. I get that this might be all right behavior by Austin voters’ standards, but it’s not for the rest of us, and by ‘us’ I mean America. And I’d do it again, with a smile. Because I want to be President, and Travis County Democrats just made it the tiniest bit easier for me to get the job.
Remarkably, I’m not really doing too much free-form translating there. This was six minutes of political fun: a line in the sand, just the right amount of genuine anger, and absolutely no weaseling at all. I don’t know if anybody’s told the Democratic party this, but that plays well in Peoria. Also Des Moines, Boulder, Richmond, Miami, Reno, Concord, Lansing, Cincinatti, and even Madison…
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Those of you who remember 2012 – and Rick Perry’s doing much better now in terms of responding to hostile questions, huh? – will know the word that I am referring to.
Leon Wolf ably noted the utter ridiculousness of a Travis County DA getting Rick Perry indicted after the latter vetoed funding Texas Public Integrity Unit while it was being run by Rosemary Lehmberg, an out-of-control DA who refused to resign even after being convicted for DUI (.23 BAC). But let me show you a couple of things that will demonstrate how badly this will end for the Texas Democratic party: (more…)
Jimmy was doing the show in Austin, you see. It’s fascinating viewing; I get the impression that Austin and Rick Perry cheerfully despise each other in a very complicated way that lesser (read: non-Texan) beings can only hope to dimly understand. I mean, obviously Austin doesn’t like him, but they’re pleased as punch that he came by so as to let them boo him personally – and Governor Perry seems content to bask in their warm disapproval*. It’s all very cozy.
Here’s the first clip:
I swear to God, I wish that he hadn’t had that back pain in 2012. Although he might be a better candidate for it in 2016: negative reinforcement can be a powerful teaching tool.
*I have to say: Rick Perry’s stance of I think that all you hippies are clearly idiots for smoking the marijuana, but I’m tired of the Great State of Texas locking you up for it is… a workable way to approach the subject.
This was from a RGA panel(?), back in February:
“When you have governors, and we all compete against each other — we are the laboratories of innovation — and for the President of the United States to look Democrat and Republican governors in the eye and say, ‘I do not trust you to make decisions in your state about issues of education, about transportation infrastructure,’ — and that is really troubling,” he said.
Perry expressed his own fears regarding Environmental Protection Agency restrictions choking off America’s energy production and a possible reduction in his state’s national guard.
“As a matter of fact, he [Obama] said at that meeting, he said, ‘If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you’ll hear from me,” he said, adding, “I’m highly offended by that.”