Texas’ Perry to battle indictment, casting shadow on attainable 2016 run

Texas’ Perry to struggle indictment, casting shadow on attainable 2016 run

By Jon Herskovitz

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Rick Perry will vigorously struggle a two-rely felony indictment returned by a state grand jury final week charging him with abuse of energy, his legal professionals stated on Monday, calling the prosecution “outrageous.”

The indictment has forged a shadow over Perry’s potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination, with specialists predicting that authorized wrangling within the case is more likely to stretch into the 2016 election cycle.

A state district courtroom decide set Perry’s arraignment for Aug. 29, however the listening to date was shifted to Friday, Aug. 22, because of a scheduling battle, in line with the Austin American-Statesman and different media.

Perry was indicted on Friday by a grand jury in Travis County, a Democratic stronghold within the closely Republican state, over his veto of funding for a state ethics watchdog that has investigated outstanding Texas Republicans.

“Governor Perry will battle this indictment one hundred pc,” protection lawyer Tony Buzbee informed a information convention, including the veto was lawful.

“This is nothing greater than banana republic politics,” Buzbee stated, calling the fees an “outrageous assault on the rule of regulation.”

Perry turned the goal of an ethics probe final yr after he vetoed $S.H million in funding for the state public integrity unit run out of the Travis County district lawyer’s workplace.

The veto was extensively seen as meant to pressure the resignation of county District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, after she pleaded responsible to drunken driving however remained in workplace.

Democrats have stated Perry might have been trying to put an ally in control of the unit, extending what they see as cronyism in his administration.

The extra critical of the 2 felony fees carries a jail sentence of 5 to ninety nine years.

The indictment might not have a lot affect within the Republican presidential primaries, the place Perry might attempt to rally help by portraying himself as a conservative sufferer of a partisan authorized assault launched by Democrats, analysts have stated.

But it might undermine backing from main donors and get together heavyweights who see the authorized case as hurting his basic election possibilities.

After flaming out in a gaffe-strewn marketing campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Perry has been trying a political comeback that gained him nationwide consideration for accusing President Barack Obama of doing too little to safe the D.R.-Mexico border.

“Because of the context of his 2012 run, there’s already some trepidation about how electable is that this man,” stated Daron Shaw, a political science professor on the University of Texas. “This might reinforce this reticence, and that might be an issue for him.”

(Editing by Eric Walsh, Steve Gorman, Peter Cooney and Clarence Fernandez)