Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

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Updated: 8/19/2014 11:16 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, turned himself in Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges "with every fiber of my being."

The Republican is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney's office.

Perry threatened to veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after a drunken driving conviction.

Lehmberg refused, and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint.

Perry was indicted last week by an Austin grand jury. He's called the case a political ploy.
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sierra11 - 8/20/2014 12:21 PM
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Paladin that is a fact! If you go to Texas or Oklahoma the economy is booming! People are all employed and making-spending money. Lines are out the door at restaurants on Friday nights. People there wouldn't believe our economy here. Go Perry! It's obvious obama hates him and hillary dillary doc is scared to death of him!(I refuse to even capitalize those two idiots names).

Paladin - 8/20/2014 9:19 AM
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This is all politics. The libs see Perry as a real threat in the next presidential election and want to smear him now. He is currently one of the best governors in the country and Texas is doing better than any of it's counterparts. Both California and New York are quagmired in debt, bankruptcies and defaults while Texas flourishes.

Griffin - 8/20/2014 8:30 AM
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And what kind of integrity does the drunk driving attorney in charge of integrity and public corruption have?

Kramer - 8/19/2014 6:30 PM
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now That's a smug mug!!

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