Okay, let’s get some background for folks from foreign states and those who do not eat politics and poop schadenfreude.
Rosemary Lehmberg is the Democratic Travis County District Attorney. The Travis County (think: Austin) DA prosecutes public corruption all over Texas. Rosemary got arrested for DWI. It was not her finest hour. She plead guilty and got 45 days in jail for a misdemeanor DWI.
Rick Perry knows the GOP has some ethics problems. For example, their current candidate for Attorney General is being investigated for a violation of a state securities law. So, Rick would love to put a safe Republican in that office.
Soooooo, Perry threatens to veto funds for the public corruption office if Rosemary doesn’t resign. She calls his bluff. Rumor has it that he even offered her another state job if she would just step down and let him appoint her replacement.That’s called abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. Both are felonies.
We get a special prosecutor a year ago who goes to the grand jury.
And that brings us to April of this year, the last time I wrote about it.
My biggest hope is that Tom DeLay and Rick Perry get to share a prison cell.
I came to Austin for Tom’s trial and we had a little party the night before sentencing. I will do the same thing with Rick Perry so start saving up barbeque and hotel room money.The indictment is here.More to come. My phone is ringing a lot.
UPDATE: Hey, watch the Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party get interviewed.
UPDATE: Tomorrow I will talk to you about the cancer fund and why Rick Perry didn’t want the Travis County DA investigating that. By the way, he did not get indicted for asking her to step down. He got indicted for extorting her to step down. He did not ask. He extorted.