After formally pleading not guilty to abuse of power charges Wednesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry is scheduled to speak in at a Heritage Foundation event in Washington D.C. Thursday, before holding six events in New Hampshire Friday and Saturday.

Support for Perry is pouring in from both sides of the aisle, the group Revive America even launched an online petition to support the governor as he fights the

felony indictment.

 

“He's definitely making chicken salad out of chicken feathers, there's no doubt about it,” says political insider Chris Begala.  “He'll raise money from it, he'll wear like a badge of honor, he also may have some people from the middle come towards him because they'll think this guy was wronged, he will benefit from this.”

Begala says when the New York Times sides with Perry, you know the indictment is bogus.

“I'm not saying he's waking up thanking God that he got indicted on two federal counts,” he tells KTRH News.  “He's going to make political hay out of this, there's no doubt about it.  He's too good of a politician not to.”

After new hampshire, Perry plans to head back to Iowa next week.