(New York Sun) -- The so-called “abuse of power” indictment of Governor Perry is not only not going to hurt him in the 2016 GOP sweepstakes, it might actually help him. I say that because Mr. Perry immediately fired back at the charges with no hesitation, labeling the indictment the partisan political ploy that it really is.
In terms of threatening to veto legislation that would have funded the state’s Public Integrity Unit, run by Travis County district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, Mr. Perry held his Texas constitutional ground. In a number of television appearances, Mr. Perry not only said that he was legally authorized to defund the DA, but that he would do it all over again if he had the chance.
As John Fund has written on National Review’s website, there’s a whole history of the liberal Travis County DA’s office trying unsuccessfully to criminalize politics with grand-jury indictments. None of it has worked before, and it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to work again. Even liberals like David Axelrod, Jonathan Turley, and Alan Dershowitz have essentially said that the DA has virtually no case.
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