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Austin, Texas—“It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s constitution,” Texas Governor Ricky Perry said early last week. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen.” That indictment charged Perry with two counts, both felonies, relating to the fact that he threatened to veto millions of dollars of funds for the Lone Star State’s Public Integrity Unit—and then carried out the threat. The backstory is that the Travis County district attorney, a Democrat who runs the unit, would not step down after Perry asked her to, following her 2013 arrest for drunken driving. In a much re-tweeted message on Twitter, Democrat David Axelrod said he thought the charges against the governor were “pretty sketchy.”
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