Perry is on his way out but it’s obvious that Greg Abbott is just his designated successor as capo of this gang. It’s an uphill battle, but I think Wendy Davis has at least a chance of unseating the Perry-sites this fall.
That shaking you felt this morning wasn’t caused by fracking in a field near you, it was the eruption of stories reporting that Governor Rick Perry could face possible indictment for bribery, coercion, and abuse of official capacity.
Texas Tribune’s John Reynolds reported that a special prosecutor is looking into Perry’s attempts to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign by way of a veto for state funding of the Travis County DA’s Public Integrity Unit. His actions prompted a complaint filed on June 14th from watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice.
Special Prosecutor Mike McCrum was on video this morning discussing that he is “deeply troubled and very concerned about certain aspects of what happened here”.
Why would Rick Perry do this? Two reasons: To replace an elected Democrat with a Republican DA (most likely, one of his friends or campaign donors) and to wipe out the state’s public corruption watchdog, the Travis County DA’s Public Integrity Unit, which is presently looking at another incident of Perry’s corrupt administration, his involvement with corporate subsidy programs—the real basis for the “Texas Miracle” that he touts in his road shows, laying the groundwork for his 2016 aspirations.
It’s been no secret that Rick Perry operates a private employment agency for his friends and donors. The most recent being Joe Weber’s appointment to TxDOT and Phil Wilson’s move to the Upper Colorado River Authority. It’s Plutocracy in Action, which you may read about at the Houston Press, here.
Perry’s list of legitimate crimes is long, but it’s been completely ignored, even by the press, whose job is to be the ultimate communicator of truth, the people’s watchdog. Perry cultivates a mysterious and fortuitous inattention through his “pay-to-play” appointments and networking of corporate funders. History will judge him harshly. His legacy will be that of the most corrupt Texas Governor in history, since Pa and Ma Ferguson.
Perhaps before he leaves for Palau, they need to seize his passport.
The ultimate irony is that a Texas Aggie, whose beloved colors are maroon and white, might be wearing the orange of the Texas Longhorns.
Karma works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?
Carol Morgan is a career counselor, writer, speaker, former Democratic candidate for the Texas House and the award-winning author of Of Tapestry, Time and Tears, a historical fiction about the 1947 Partition of India. You may also read her at the Houston Press and MetroLeader News Service. Feel free to email her at email@example.com , follow her on Twitter @CounselorCarol1, on Facebook: CarolMorgan1 and her writer’s blog at carolmorgan.org