Rick Perry indictment draws criticism


KIMT News 3 – He’s facing serious charges as part of two federal indictments, but Texas Governor, Rick Perry is taking a stand against a grand jury.

Say what you want about Rick Perry and his recent federal indictments, but he is adamant that he will fight the charges against him.

He feels they are politically motivated, and he’s not alone.

“When I first heard about the indictment charges against Governor Rick Perry and read the charge, I felt that it was a political issue,” said Co-Chair of the Cerro Gordo County GOP, Barbara Hovland.

Hovland says she believes the governor did not over step his boundaries by using his power to veto.

“We do live in a country where we need to settle our differences, not by indictments. That’s not the way we should settle those,” said Hovland.

Federal prosecutors say that Perry abused his power by calling on Texas District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her DWI arrest.

When she did not, Perry vetoed funding for her office that was earmarked for the Public Integrity Unit.

“The rule of law has to be paramount in how you act as an elected official,” said Iowa State Rep. Todd Prichard.

As a state representative and attorney, Prichard says the charges should be taken seriously, since it could eventually affect his candidacy.

“If he does decide to run for president, at the end of the day the voting public will have a final say as to whether or not his actions were justified,” said Prichard.

Prichard says if there is an allegation, it needs to be investigated.

However, with the number of potential presidential candidates facing controversy, some hope it doesn’t keep others from stepping up to run.

“I think it will make people think twice. I hope it doesn’t deter great people from entering the campaign, but we’ll see what happens,” said Hovland.

Many politicians from both sides of the aisle have already made comments in support of Governor Perry.

Perry turned himself in earlier this week to be booked for the charges which include one felony count of abuse of official capacity, and one count of coercion of a public servant.

The longest running governor in Texas history could face up to 10 years in prison for the first charge and up to 99 years for the second.

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