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www.wmfd.com - Texas Governor Rick Petty is gearing up for a fight, as the Republican slammed an indictment alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for an ethics unit run by a county district attorney who was convicted of drunken driving. }}" />

   
 
 
Texas Governor Rick Perry Reacts To Indictment

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  Original Published: 8/18/2014

Texas Governor Rick Petty is gearing up for a fight. The Republican slammed an indictment alleging he abused his power by threatening to veto funding for an ethics unit run by a county district attorney who was convicted of drunken driving. Perry now says he will fight to clear his name. Governor Rick Perry is standing behind his veto, and says he'll fight those who he says are motivated by politics. "This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power and I can not and I will not allow that to happen," says Governor Perry. Governor Perry said the public lost confidence in District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, in reference to her drunk driving case. "Do you believe the indictment alone at all affects the public's confidence in the office of the governor?" asks KXAN reporter Kevin Schwaller. "Here's what I think is really important for the people to..." says Governor Perry. The governor shifted the focus back on the district attorney. "I think Americans and Texans who have seen this agree with me, that that is not an individual who is heading up an office that we can afford to fund," says Governor Perry. "Twenty-six-million Texans woke up this morning not facing two felony indictments and their governor did," says Gilberto Hinojosa, Texas Democratic Party Chairman. "This in unbecoming of their chief law enforcement official in Texas." Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party is one of the Texans who doesn't agree with the governor. "His ambitions are to run for higher office," says Hinojosa. "And, in the process, he has abused his constitutional authority and his power here in Texas and that's why he needs to step down." And what affect this will have on possible political ambitions for the governor has yet to be seen. The special prosecutor in the case told the San Antonio Express-News the claim the case was politically motivated was "not only ridiculous, but it's disappointing." He says the case has "always been about the facts and the law."

   
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