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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Progress Texas: [Texas Gov.] Rick Perry is defending his attempt to coerce Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office -- an attempt which resulted in not one, but two indictment charges -- by claiming that he was taking a stance against her drunk driving conviction. However, a look at the governor's history with Republican officials charged with drunk driving undermines his case. While it's true that Rosemary Lehmberg drove drunk, and that her actions following the arrest are indefensible, it's also true that she went through the legal process, saw a judge, and served time. But this wasn't good enough for Rick Perry as he sought to force her from office.

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This becomes highly suspect upon review of the governor's previous treatment of public officials charged with drunk driving -- treatment which includes looking the other way entirely, and allowing one official to rise in rank.

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Rick Perry has a partisan double standard?!?! It can't be true!!

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-26 04:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Used to be extortion was looked down upon.

Now it's apparently a "conservative value".

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-26 05:05 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

In Texas, Driving While Democrat is serious business. The Lone Star State doesn't mess around with those ne'er-do-wells. Damn pansy ---------. Go back to San Francisco.

#3 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-08-26 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

The police dash cam video shows Jim Stick, arguing with the arresting officer that Texas law enforcement field sobriety tests "don't work" and refusing any kind of test that would either exonerate or prove his guilt.

At the time his arrest became public more than a month later, Stick told reporters that blood tests would exonerate him. Yet the police records show Stick refused a blood test.

#4 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-08-26 05:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

"...and refusing any kind of test that would either exonerate or prove his guilt."

In Canada, that is basically admitting you are driving drunk.

#5 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-08-26 07:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rick Perry has a partisan double standard?!?! It can't be true!!

#1 | Posted by Whatsleft

The president and the AG would NEVER do that.

#6 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-08-28 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Did the other drunk drivers have to be strapped to a crazy chair and spit guard put on them? Did the other drunk drivers make threats based on their position in government?

#7 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-28 09:10 AM | Reply | Flag:

#7 Did he use that as his stated reason for her to resign?

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-28 09:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 Does it matter? She acted insane and shouldn't have power over other people. Are you actually defending her?

#9 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-28 09:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

#8 Yes it does. The reasoning behind why he wanted her to resign is at the center of this issue.

If Perry solely said that he didn't want her as DA solely on the drunk driving arrest and he didn't do so for other DA's then it stinks at best of hypocrisy and at worst of trying to derailing investigations into a project of his. An investigation that has resulted in indictments.

Sorry if your partisan blinders keeps you from seeing it.

If you got statements from him saying he is asking her to resign solely because she was strapped to a crazy chair and spit on a guard, then link it up.

#10 | Posted by 726 at 2014-08-28 10:39 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Nationally there were about 1,396,888 DUI cases per year.
From 2000 to 2008 there were 12,571,993 DUI arrests made nationwide, (over 90,000 last year in Texas alone).
Now if you are implying that a DUI is a firing offense for people whose job has nothing to do with driving, then apparently you dweebs better get to work advocating these people get fired as well.
With that said, it would be interesting to know out of all the tools out there shouting out their justification for blatant extortion and abuse of power, just how many of them have a DUI arrest on their own record.

#11 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-28 10:41 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I can't help that your partisan blinders keep you from seeing the fact that this DA threatened revenge on people. To pretend that the nature of her arrest and her behavior didn't play a role in this is just dumb.

#12 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-08-28 10:52 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

this is just dumb.

#12 | POSTED BY DALTON

As well as posting this thread as it was posted.

#13 | Posted by path at 2014-08-28 11:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I can't help that your partisan blinders"

I could care less. If Perry did nothing wrong, then he has nothing to worry about. I am not the one here prancing around fervently concocting excuses.

Fact is, it's not the DA who has been charged with anything even remotely related to threating revenge, its Rick Perry who has been charged.

Like it or not, a DUI is not a firing offence, if she "threatened revenge on people" then charges should have been leveled at that time, not offered up after the fact as a lame excuse to justify using a position of power to extort someone.

#14 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-08-28 11:08 AM | Reply | Flag:

The president and the AG would NEVER do that.

#6 | Posted by Sniper

If you'd like to discuss the presidents partisan double standard, post an example on another thread. This thread is about Rick Perry.

Snippy.. Should Perry treat republican drunk drivers the same as democrat drunk drivers, or not?

#15 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-08-28 11:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

The lady DA should have been fired for lack of leadership ability. Since Perry could not fire her, he did the next best thing and held/cancelled the departments funding until she did resign. All under the banner of change in leadership. I'm sure there is more to the story. Probably a few "yo' momma" jibes and and private agendas and such. But the fact remains. A sitting governor is supposed to do (within the law) what is best for his constituency. If he broke the law, then he should have to pay the price. But nothing will change the fact that any DA that behaves in the way this lady did should be fired and go back to ambulance chasing.

As to the double standard for Dems and Pubs, I do believe, without extenuating circumstances, this is the real crime. But proving it may be a bit difficult.

#16 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-08-28 11:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Perry is an ambitious partisan politician. Shock of shocks, he is behaving like an ambitious politician. Nobody is surprised. We don't liberals really care that much beyond it giving us a legitimate reason in the eyes of the public to dump all over Perry.

#17 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-08-28 11:54 AM | Reply | Flag:

And yet wearing his wife's eyeglasses makes him look presidential. And those ISIS fellas continue to be found swimming across the Rio Grande...

#18 | Posted by catdog at 2014-08-28 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Are there other examples of District Attorney Department heads that were arrested and CONVICTED for being three times over the legal limit that also threatened to use their position to seek revenge on arresting officers? Without another example there is no basis to make the claim of hypocrisy.

#19 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-08-28 12:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Here's my position on the matter. She was blitzed, did some absolutely stupid things, she then paid the price to society via the court system and part of that price did not include giving up her job. As a public official though - she probably should have been held accountable by her constituency (not the governor).

That said what Perry did was totally partisan in the least and totally corrupt at the worst. It makes things look fishy even if there is nothing to hide. The old saying is that where there is smoke there is fire. It is a saying for a reason. IF he has nothing to hide he would have been better off letting her complete her investigation and then going after her. Would have looked better for an intelligent nothing to hide presidential hopeful.

Personally I know multiple people very close to me that turn into absolute idiots and monsters after even a couple drinks. They do all sorts of things they would be horrified at if sober. I myself have been there in my young and foolish days. Things that make you want to hang your head in shame. On the other hand for some people it brings out the truth of their being. You just don't know in a case like this if it wast the alcohol talking or if that is who she is. Either way she shouldn't drink...

#20 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2014-08-28 01:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

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Did the other drunk drivers have to be strapped to a crazy chair and spit guard put on them? Did the other drunk drivers make threats based on their position in government?

#7 | Posted by Dalton

No but they were actually DRIVING drunk, while she was simply drunk in a PARKED CAR in a parking lot.

#21 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-28 04:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Perry is an ambitious partisan politician. Shock of shocks, he is behaving like an ambitious politician. Nobody is surprised. We don't liberals really care that much beyond it giving us a legitimate reason in the eyes of the public to dump all over Perry.

#17 | Posted by moder8

Going after the AG who prosecutes government corruption isn't just ambitious and partisan, it also strongly suggests that perry has corruption to hide.

#22 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-28 04:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

#21 by SPEAKSOFTLY, what evidence do you have that "she was simply drunk in a PARKED CAR in a parking lot?" Witnesses reported that she was driving erratically.

#23 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-08-28 04:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

#21 by SPEAKSOFTLY, what evidence do you have that "she was simply drunk in a PARKED CAR in a parking lot?" Witnesses reported that she was driving erratically.

#23 | Posted by visitor_

That was actually incorrect.

But it doesn't change the fact that perry hasn't gone after any of the republican attorneys general who were arrested for the same offense.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-08-28 04:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

Duh.. she was over state's integrity unit, not just a DA.

#25 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-08-28 07:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

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