Facing Indictment, Rick Perry Gets More Bad News as New Information Emerges

rick-perry-idiot-1Last summer, Rick Perry was indicted on two felonies for abuse of power and coercion of a public servant. These charges stem from his threat (that he eventually followed through on) of vetoing $7.5 million in funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit last year. Perry allegedly unethically used his veto power when District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign from her position at the TCPIU following her guilty plea for a DUI.


Now, should Lehmberg have resigned? Possibly, but her refusal to do so didn’t magically give Perry the legal authority to threaten and eventually use his veto power if he didn’t get his way.

Many say the real motive behind Perry’s move was due in large part to the fact that she was currently investigating possible corruption charges into a project Perry had been strongly behind, and if she stepped down he would have been the person who would get to name her replacement. Nothing like trying to force the resignation of someone who’s investigating you for corruption charges so that you can name their replacement. Yeah, that doesn’t sound corrupt at all.

But soon after these charges were filed, several stories emerged concerning three Texas Republicans (two district attorneys and one state representative) who had been convicted of DUI’s (one receiving his second conviction) who weren’t asked to resign by Perry. In fact, one was later appointed to a prominent legal position within the state.

By the way, none of those three men were investigating Perry on corruption charges.

And now new information has emerged showing that Perry’s veto of funding for Travis County Public Integrity Unit also put an end to several investigations into high-ranking state officials and Perry’s office concerning no-bid contracts that were being handed out. These investigations were looking into whether or not loopholes in policies were being used to bypass the bidding process, giving out tens of millions of dollars worth of no-bid contracts to whatever company these officials chose.


Now, will any of this lead to Rick Perry spending time in prison? Probably not. Most of us know that the rich and powerful in this country deal with a completely different judicial system than the rest of us. Though, in my opinion, it’s very clear some extremely unethical behavior was going on within Perry’s administration. I want to see him answer for why he pushed so heavily for Lehmberg’s resignation, yet ignored DUI charges against two other Republican district attorneys – neither of whom were investigating his office for corruption charges.

So while it’s unlikely that Perry will ever see the inside of a prison cell, I can’t wait to see what sort of absurd excuses his defense team comes up with to explain the growing list of unethical behavior that seems to have been rampant in his administration.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Robert B.

    I can’t wait to hear this play out in the media and the courts. (Just how long can we drag this one out?) Remember, this is a very red state.

  • Eg Kbbs

    On a tangent, “… several investigations into high-ranking state officials and Perry’s office concerning no-bid contracts that were being handed out”

    Where else do I remember a politician from Texas and no-bid contracts ?? Halliburton (including obvious links of VP to Halliburton) ? Blackwater/Xe.?

  • Pipercat

    … and soon, Bigus Rickus will only be known as, Rickus.

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  • Simeon Namore

    What do you expect from a guy who got a D in a class called “Meats”?

  • deedee2die4

    But he will retire as the Governor that was the most prolific executioner in US history.

  • Mike Riley

    The double standard is still staggering – one set of rules for the elite, while the rest of us would rot in prison for a fraction of the shenanigans. We have let it go on so long, that I guess we deserve it now……

  • Bryab

    Would love to see perry taken down.

  • CherMoe

    With all these extremely corrupt Republicans, it makes me wonder WHY former Gov. Don Siegelman is STILL rotting away in jail, despite information that he was railroaded by the Bush administration (Cheney & Karl Rove). They treat him like the worst of the worst … and he’s WHITE. But not a Republican, of course.

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  • Blackula

    so it put a stop to a witch hunt that hasn’t turned up anything, some news here. If a veto threat for not getting your way is illegal, then obama is in big trouble. At least he didn’t use executive actions when he didn’t get his way, unlike crybaby bammy

    • Jason

      Tell us all about Benghazi and F&f. Lololololol

  • Sophie Cat

    “Most of us know that the rich and powerful in this country deal with a completely different judicial system than the rest of us.” Oh, I don’t know – the Governor of Virginia – make that, the EX-Governor of Virginia! – Bob McDonnell would probably disagree with you on that one…… McDonnell just got sentenced to two years, and his political career is SO over…….

    • Penny Burnett Guerrero

      But how come he gets to stay out of jail until his repeal comes up in May?

      • Sophie Cat

        Because he’s rich and powerful, that’s why. The fact that Bob McDonnell would probably disagree with the above statement, doesn’t mean that I do. The rich and powerful do, in fact, deal with a completely different judicial system than the rest of us, for example the “Affluenza” case in Texas, which was a travesty of justice.

  • Brettwashere

    Texas law requires that a District Attorney or Judge be removed from office on one instance of being intoxicated while off duty or on duty.

    Perry has the duty, as chief law enforcement officer, to remove Rosemary Lehmberg from office. He asked her politely to resign – but she decided instead to abuse her authority.

    Does a Governor have to give a reason for exercising his veto power? No.

    Are there specific cases (as opposed to allegations) that won’t go forward? That’s what good investigative reporting is supposed to find.

    • Gregory Mason

      So why did he defund the project instead of removing her? If it smells like S#it………………..

    • Sophie Cat

      And this indictment is the direct result of Rosemary Lehmberg’s investigation.
      So she didn’t let the threat of going to jail or getting ‘de-funded’ stop her, from doing the right thing.