A cheering crowd of supporters greeted Governor Rick Perry as he arrived Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse to turn himself in on a pair of felony charges accusing him of abusing his power.
Texas' longest serving governor gave a brief statement before and after being processed, calling the indictment nothing more than a political ploy.
“I'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being, and we will prevail,” Perry told supporters.
“This indictment is fundamentally a political act which seeks to achieve at the courthouse what could not be achieved at the ballot box,” he said.
The charges stem from Perry's veto of $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit after the Travis County district attorney refused to step down following a drunken driving conviction.
“It is our system of constitutional checks and balances that is being challenged here today,” said Perry. “This prosecution would seek to erode the power of all Texas governors, Republican or Democrat.”
“We don't resolve political disputes or policy differences by indictments,” he went on to say. “We don't criminalize political or policy disagreements.”