September 2nd, 2014
12:53 PM ET
5 years ago

4 reasons why Rick Perry's exercise of power got him in trouble

(CNN) - She was the one caught driving drunk, but in an odd twist of political fate, he's now the one who has just been indicted on felony charges.

On the face of it, you might think that Rosemary Lehmberg, district attorney for Travis County in Texas, would be out of her job after being caught driving under the influence, haranguing those who took her in, being convicted and serving 20 days in jail.

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  1. Greg In Arkansas

    SO....if Obama had threatened to veto legislation if the Congressman from Florida did not resign after being caught with Cocaine.......Republicans would be OK with that......Just Asking.....???

    September 2, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. salty dog

    Well no surprise the liberal media left out the fact that her office was at that time, investigating the governor for corruption, and her replacement was a Republican of his choosing, darn that liberal media!!!

    September 2, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Thomas

    A blue Berry in a bowl of tomato soup ?

    Rick Perry is a flower in a cement mixer .
    Log Cabin Republicans for better BBQ .

    As for the bimbo drunk Texas Attorney General , rehab , AA meetings and driving school , and a big FINE !

    September 2, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. luke, AZ

    The main reason "OOPS" Perry got in trouble is because he is incompetent.

    September 2, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. rs

    One might be swayed to believe that someone "was out to get" Perry unfairly- if, say, he had tried to force 2 Republican prosecutors caught while DUI and tried to pull their funding. Instead, he picked on a Democrat, who in conjunction with a Republican Prosecutor were investigating Perry already for corruption. Suddenly the issue moves from merely asking someone to step down for a DUI, to a rather unsavory quid pro quo, to interfering with a prosecutors investigation. Hence Perry's two felony charges.
    He can smirk and dodge as much as he like. He can even (falsely) blame area Democrats. At the end of the day though, he has a prosecutor and a grand jury on his case, and his days as Governor, and his career as a politician may be short lived.

    September 2, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    rs

    One might be swayed to believe that someone "was out to get" Perry unfairly- if, say, he had tried to force 2 Republican prosecutors caught while DUI and tried to pull their funding. Instead, he picked on a Democrat, who in conjunction with a Republican Prosecutor were investigating Perry already for corruption. Suddenly the issue moves from merely asking someone to step down for a DUI, to a rather unsavory quid pro quo, to interfering with a prosecutors investigation. Hence Perry's two felony charges.
    He can smirk and dodge as much as he like. He can even (falsely) blame area Democrats. At the end of the day though, he has a prosecutor and a grand jury on his case, and his days as Governor, and his career as a politician may be short lived.
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    If he broke the law, he should suffer the consequences. I'd prefer to let it get settled in court, not in the court of rs opinion.

    September 2, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    -republicans are so pathetic. Simple truth.

    September 2, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Good lord could CNN be more biased??? The first few sentences of the article say it all...

    Liberal news my rear end.

    September 2, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. rs

    Fair is Fair

    rs

    One might be swayed to believe that someone "was out to get" Perry unfairly- if, say, he had tried to force 2 Republican prosecutors caught while DUI and tried to pull their funding. Instead, he picked on a Democrat, who in conjunction with a Republican Prosecutor were investigating Perry already for corruption. Suddenly the issue moves from merely asking someone to step down for a DUI, to a rather unsavory quid pro quo, to interfering with a prosecutors investigation. Hence Perry's two felony charges.
    He can smirk and dodge as much as he like. He can even (falsely) blame area Democrats. At the end of the day though, he has a prosecutor and a grand jury on his case, and his days as Governor, and his career as a politician may be short lived.
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    If he broke the law, he should suffer the consequences. I'd prefer to let it get settled in court, not in the court of rs opinion.
    _______________
    Certainly, but you assume I have way more power beyond an expressed opinion, or for that matter the opinion CNN expresses with this piece. As you never express opinions on this blog- I knew you'd understand!
    🙂

    September 2, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Good lord could CNN be more biased??? The first few sentences of the article say it all...

    Liberal news my rear end.
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    Hmmmmm... here's the first few sentences:

    "She was the one caught driving drunk, but in an odd twist of political fate, he's now the one who has just been indicted on felony charges.

    On the face of it, you might think that Rosemary Lehmberg, district attorney for Travis County in Texas, would be out of her job after being caught driving under the influence, haranguing those who took her in, being convicted and serving 20 days in jail."

    That's not bias. That's reporting fact. You might not like those facts, but that does not make for an accusation of bias.

    September 2, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Yes Fair but the indictment is not about her or anyone else driving drunk it's about a Governor whose power went to his head.

    I know one thing. We'd never see an article on Fox stating a GOPer were drunk, even if he ran down 3 church ladies in the process. It's just my opinion of a news source that so many label liberal. That's the point I was making.

    September 2, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    There's only ONE reason........corrupt Democrats!

    September 2, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    Try to keep up Ricky. It was a republican judge that approved the indictmen and an impartial grand jury. He's likely guilty, even if scholars think the case stands little chance of success. It won't matter anyways, the staunchly right wing 5th circuit appeals court would overturn it.

    September 2, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Rusty Krus

    @Rick McDaniel
    There's only ONE reason........corrupt Democrats!

    Rick McDaniel, the knee jerk, jerk.

    September 2, 2014 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. salty dog

    Being sarcastic wup, but lets be honest, he will likely not get convicted, not with his sense of justice, he'll find a way out. FI think he is guilty, and he has said as much, but that's a long way from a guilty verdict. But Cuomo, he's a guilty Democrat, Perry an innocent man, caught in a witch hunt, their sense of fair play is disgusting. I think you have to be of juvenile mentality

    September 2, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. salty dog

    Fair, what is the Max penalty for her crime, now what's his Max penalty, over a hundred years, two felonies. How is it that this came from a Republican prosecutor, yet a Democrat witch hunt, man it must be nice to have such a naive, gullible voting base

    September 2, 2014 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    @rick McDaniel, it was BushW the most corrupt–if allegations were made public–Dick Cheney, Bush need to be in Gittmo. You understand? Created trillions in debt, human life too.

    September 2, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. J Anthony

    This guy is all done, regardless...he's not the caliber of leader this country needs right now, just another corporate partisan stooge.. These people are ruining America, and they all need to go. Vet both parties of plutocracy.

    September 2, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I have to agree with you Salty. He'll never be convicted, neither will Crispy.

    On a lighter note... Your boy(and I'm being very facetious) is lagging behind the challenger in the governors race! Could Snyder become a one term governor?!?!

    September 2, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @Rick McDaniel
    There's only ONE reason........corrupt Democrats!
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    (hyperbole alert)
    Rick is right! It is the Dems using evil liberal secret mind control to force the Tea Party people to do crazy illegal things sent out from government antennae in Area 51. Um, with space alien help. Yeah that's it.

    September 2, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Boomer in Mo

    MO. Gov Nixon got two bad audits from the Republican state auditor. He has line item veto but did not defund the state auditor's office. I'm certainly not a Nixon fan and he totally screwed up his response to Ferguson by trying to straddle the fence, his favorite pastime. But, he is smarter than the Rickster.

    September 2, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. Mark in Seattle

    Four reasons, but ask Rick and he can only think of three.

    September 2, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    Four main complaints republicants have about rick perry being brought up on charges for his abuse of power.
    1. wah
    2. Wah.
    3. WAH
    4. WAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Bigwilliestyles

    Perry's an idiot. Anyone who can't see that is an idiot themselves.

    September 2, 2014 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    The special prosecutor in the case is is San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum, who was selected by Judge Bert Richardson, a Republican appointee of President GW Bush.

    Rosemary Lehmberg, who plead guilty to the DUI, paid a fine of $4000, was sentenced to 45 days in jail, and had her driver's license suspended for 180 days (i.e., she PAID HER DUES) recused herself from the case, and the public integrity unit she leads was NOT involved in picking McCrum.

    These are the FACTS. Anyone saying otherwise is a liar and anyone believing those lies is a fool.

    September 2, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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