‘I Unequivocally Stand By My Veto’: Rick Perry Slams ‘Partisan Political Theatrics’
Texas Gov. Rick Perry this afternoon addressed being indicted for an alleged abuse of veto power.
Read background on his indictment from FoxNews.com:
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.
At a news conference today, Perry said that he took an oath to faithfully uphold the Constitution, a pledge he has kept daily for the entirety of his political career.
“Just as I have following every legislative session during my service as governor, I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public’s confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically. I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand by my veto, and I’ll continue to defend this lawful action of my executive authority as governor,” he said.
Perry called it “outrageous” that some are using “partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state’s Constitution.”
“This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow this to happen,” he said.
Watch his news conference above.