Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is rumored to be considering another run for the White House in 2016, went on the attack after his Friday indictment
The Governor talked to FOX News Sunday and says he did the right thing. He also said he would do it again.
“I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas. If I had to do it all over again I would make exactly the same decision,” Perry stated.
Perry defended his veto of $7.5 million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit run by Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg after her drunk driving arrest.
“She was kicking on the door. She was abusing law officials. She had to be restrained,” Perry explained.
The Governor thinks Friday’s indictment is nothing more than a political witch hunt.
“Across the board you’re seeing people weigh in and say that this is way outside the norm,” Perry explained. “This is not the way we settle political differences in this country. You don’t do it with indictments. We settle our political differences at the ballot box.”
Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Governor is troubled by what's gone down, but will not as far as to say Perry should resign.
“These indictments that were handed down demonstrate that some very seriously potential crimes have been committed,” Davis told reporters over the weekend.
There has been speculation for months that Governor Perry will run for President in 2016. He decided not to seek a fourth term as Governor and has been making multiple trips to states like Iowa, a move seen as posturing for the 2016 race. Will this indictment hurt Perry if he runs for President again? University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus says it's possible.
“The candidate tends to lose support in terms of endorsements. He also tends to have a reduction in the amount of funds raised per day,” Rottinghaus told KTRH News.
And then there is the public relations angle, especially when Perry reports to the Travis County jail for booking.
“We’re likely to have a mug shot. There are optics here that look bad for Governor Perry,” Rottinghaus said.
But Rottinghaus also says there’s a chance the case never goes to trial.
“The judge could decide there isn’t a case here. They could also push the case off,” Rottinghaus stated.
Perry faces a maximum of 109 years in jail if he is found guilty on the charges. The judge in the case has ordered the grand jury not to talk about the process of the indictment, but has decided against issuing an arrest warrant for Governor Perry. Judge Bert Richardson issued a summons to appear Monday.