Axelrod calls Perry indictment 'sketchy'
Here's a pleasant surprise. Former Obama chief political advisor David Alexrod is calling the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry "sketchy."
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry after being indicted this weekend got support Saturday from one of the country's most powerful Democrats-- former President Obama political adviser David Axelrod-- who tweeted that the charge seems "sketchy."
Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his veto power during a dispute with a public-corruption prosecutor over her drunken driving arrest.
The indictment claims Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.
"Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy," Axelrod tweeted.
Alexrod joined Texas’ junior Sen. Ted Cruz on Saturday in giving his support to Perry, while other high-profile lawmakers have largely remained silent on the politically-charge issue.
The outspoken first-term senator defended his fellow Republican's integrity. He also called the indictment “highly-questionable” and argued that the Travis County District Attorney's Office that indicted Perry has a “sad history” of engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions.
“Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity,” said Cruz, who also appears to have 2016 White House aspirations. “I am proud to stand with Rick Perry. The Texas Constitution gives the governor the power to veto legislation. And a criminal indictment predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect.”
Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, refused to resign.
I don't think there are too many politicians in America who don't know that the Perry indictment is politically motivated. There will be few Democrats willing to admit it, and fewer still who come out and say it.
When integrity and honor become so politicized that banana republic type prosecutions of a political. foe are allowed, you know we have reached a very dark place in America.