For people from foreign states who need to catch up – Rosemary Lehmberg is the Travis County DA. In Travis County (county seat: Austin), the district attorney is charged with investigating and prosecuting public corruption cases all over Texas. Lehmberg is a Democrat.
She got caught drunk driving. She admitted her guilt and took the stiffest punishment – she went to jail.
Now Rick Perry wants her to resign. But not because of her having a drunk driving conviction. He wants her to resign because he would get to appoint the new district attorney.
And he would appoint one of his Republican good ole boys. Democrats all over Texas will be found guilty of felony littering. And Tom DeLay would get his conviction dismissed.
Lehmberg is refusing to step down and Perry can’t force her to do it.So, he’s doing what Perry does best. He’s being a bully.
Gov. Rick Perry is vowing to veto funding for the state’s Austin-based ethics-enforcement unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigns, officials confirmed Monday.
Perry has until Sunday to veto bills passed by the Legislature during its regular session that ended in May, including the state budget that contains about $7.5 million to fund the Public Integrity Unit for the next two years.
He’s threatening to take away funding for public integrity in Texas unless this woman does his bidding and turns her office over to him – Rick Perry.
It is interesting to me that every political prognosticator in Texas is pretty darn certain that every Republican statewide candidate in Texas in 2014 will be a male. It’s like a testosterone summer camp. They won’t have even one woman on the GOP statewide ticket.
Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of drunk driving. But, I hope District Attorney Lehmberg stands up to Rick Perry and calls his bluff. I mean, after all, how’s it gonna look when he runs for President again and we can tell everyone that he defunded public integrity in Texas?
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