In a political bombshell that could impact the 2016 Presidential race, Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted on felony abuse of office charges.
Perry was indicted for the felonies of Abuse of Official Capacity and Coercion of Public Servant, according to the indictment filed in the 390th District Justice Court in Travis County, Texas.
In June of 2013, Gov. Perry is accused of threatening to withhold funds of approximately $200,000 that were earmarked — and authorized by law by the legislature — to go to the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
The grand jury found further that Governor Perry threatened veto legislation that would fund the Public Integrity Unit unless the elected District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, resigned before her term ended.
Lehmberg was arrested earlier on drunken driving charges, and served half of a 45 day sentence. She kept her job as district attorney despite her incarceration.
The charges are serious, and could put the governor in prison for years. He is allowed to remain in office until the dispensation of his case.
Perry was a famously inept campaigner during the 2012 presidential campaign. Once during a televised debate, Perry embarrassingly forgot one of three departments he would eliminate if elected. “Oops,” said the befuddled Texas Governor.