Democrats Looking Bad – Gov. Rick Perry Gets Sympathy Vote

Aug 20, 2014 by

“Democrats Looking Bad – Gov. Rick Perry Gets Sympathy Vote”

by Donna Garner


Interestingly enough, David Axelrod and Lanny Davis (two high-profile Democrats) have come out publicly saying this indictment against Gov. Rick Perry “looks sketchy…a shameful indictment…a classic case of prosecutorial abuse.”  


Even in the 8.18.14 editorial, Michael Lind, stated, “When I heard that Texas Governor Rick Perry had been indicted, I thought, ‘This had better be good, or it will backfire on the Democrats.’  It turns out it isn’t good and it may well backfire on the Democrats.”


I am not foolish enough to think that the Democrats are suddenly concerned about Republican Gov. Rick Perry.  I think these Democrats are running scared, knowing that in the court of public opinion, Democrat Travis County D. A. Rosemary Lehmberg looks like “a disaster waiting to happen for the Democrats.”


Not only are Democrat candidates running as fast as they can to get away from Obama before the Nov. 2014 elections, but now they are getting stomach ulcers over this Democrat, drunken, abusive, lesbian, Texas D. A. whose videos have gone viral! 


Here is how Travis Co. D. A. Rosemary Lehmberg acted when arrested: 


8.19.14 – VIDEO —



Rho Chalmers, who disclosed to the Houston Chronicle yesterday that she was a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the Texas Democratic Party convention during grand jury proceedings. Chalmers’ active participation in Democratic state politics is important because she claimed yesterday to the Houston Chronicle that her decision to indict Perry, a Republican, was not based on politics.



Gov. Perry threatened to withhold $7.5 million in state funding from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office (Public Integrity Unit) unless D. A. Rosemary Lehmberg resigned from her elected position. 


In April 2013, D. A. Lehmberg had been arrested and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated, was taken to jail in handcuffs, was sentenced to serve 45 days in jail, and was fined $4,000. 


During the investigation of Travis County D. A. Lehmberg’s case, it was learned that from Jan. 2012 to April 2013 (15 months), she had made 59 purchases of alcohol normally in the amount of a 1.75 liter bottle of vodka. 


Gov. Perry warned Lehmberg that she could continue at the D. A.’s office as a prosecutor if she would only resign her elected position as D. A., but she refused to do that.  At that point, Gov. Perry followed through with his Constitutionally valid veto of the $7.5 million for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit under D. A. Lehmberg’s authority. 


This veto incensed Lehmberg, and she went after Gov. Perry with a vengeance just as her predecessor Travis County D. A. Ronnie Earle had gone after U. S. Congressman Tom Delay back in 2002. 



Tom Delay was the U. S. House Majority Leader in 2002, and Travis County D. A. Ronnie Earle decided to use his office to take Tom Delay down.  D. A. Ronnie Earle had such weak evidence in his case that he had to shop around for eight grand juries before he finally found one that would indict Tom Delay.

Finally in the fall of 2013 after years of suspense for Tom Delay, the 3rd Court of Appeals threw out all money-laundering and conspiracy charges against him saying he had tried to comply with the election code limitations on corporations.

Following in the footsteps of her vindictive predecessor, Travis Co. D. A. Rosemary Lehmberg almost immediately set about trying to get the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to re-instate the charges against Tom Delay.  That decision is still pending.




The problem in Texas is that the Travis County D. A.’s office (TCDA) is a local office that is locally elected; but the TCDA has aggressively morphed itself into taking over statewide jurisdiction – calling itself the “Statewide Public Integrity Office.”


Tom Delay was quoted recently in World Net Daily as saying:


“There was no law passed giving them authority, but a former Travis County district attorney trying to prosecute a political enemy got the Texas state legislature to give them money, convincing the state legislature to appropriate state funds so the Travis County district attorney’s office could operate as this statewide Public Integrity Office.”

…“All the Travis County district attorney cares about right now is getting the indictment [against Gov. Rick Perry]…”

“Particularly in Austin, Texas, the Austin American Statesman is a newspaper that intimidates the judges, because the judges are Democrats elected in Travis County, and they want to do the ‘right thing,’ because they don’t want bad articles being printed in the Austin American Statesman that risks their re-election.”

…”the only solution is to take statewide authority away from the Travis County district attorney’s office by creating a statewide public integrity unit within the Texas attorney general’s office.”  (8.18.14 – World Net Daily )




In October 2000, Travis Co. D. A. Ronnie Earle tried to indict State Board of Education members Bob Offutt, David Bradley, and Joe Bernal for defying the Open Meetings Act because they ate at the same restaurant during the noon rush hour.


Travis Co. D. A. Earle carefully timed his indictments to fall right before the SBOE elections in Nov. 2000 because Republican David Bradley was running for re-election.


However, Earle’s indictments fell apart because the evidence proved that two of the three SBOE members had sat at different tables; one man had his child with him; there were no SBOE documents on their tables; and the position of the tables in the busy restaurant made it impossible to conduct SBOE business.




In 2010 it was announced that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) was requesting a ruling from the Texas Attorney General (TAG) as to whether Thomas Ratliff (a registered lobbyist for Microsoft for 17 years) could serve on the SBOE because of his conflict of interest relationships. 


Microsoft has deep-pocket relationships with the SBOE/Permanent School Fund, with the Texas Education Agency, and with the thousands of school districts around Texas that have based their infrastructure on Microsoft. 


To where did Ratliff immediately turn to get himself out of this mess?  He turned to the corrupt Travis County D. A.’s office (TCDA); and on 3.14.11 just as choreographed, the prosecutors at the TCDA cleared him of any conflict of interest allegations.


However, Thomas Ratliff was not so lucky when Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled against him on 8.12.11, saying, “…we cannot advise that a member of the Board may cure his or her ineligibility under the subsection.”


Unfortunately, Ratliff is still on the SBOE because the TAG does not have the authority to remove Ratliff from office; and the impeachment proceedings must begin in the Texas House where they have not yet gotten up enough courage to take any action. 




According to an 8.18.14 article by Mike Ciandella in, George Soros is funding Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) to the sum of $500K.  KXAN, an NBC affiliate in Austin, Texas, reported that it was Texans for Public Justice that filed the complaint against Gov. Rick Perry last June.


In what must have been a Freudian slip, Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald recently told CNN, “The governor again, in his defense yesterday, said this is merely a partisan, political witch hunt. Nothing could be closer to the truth.” (8.18.14 – Newsbusters.org


Donna Garner

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