Texas Corruption – Worst in USA?

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The video of a drunk District Attorney stumbling and trying to scare the police by saying who she was to get out of it, was outrageous to say the least. What she attempted to do is in itself an abuse of power for which her cronies have indicted Governor Perry. At the very least, this video demonstrates that District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is not qualified to investigate corruption because she herself reeks of corruption in office. Lehmberg, 63, was apprehended in April 2013 with an open bottle of vodka in her car and a blood alcohol level of 0.23 — nearly three times the 0.08 legal limit. She later pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and was sentenced to 45 days in jail. The head of law enforcement ethically has to resign. I really do not care about Perry and do not give him a real chance of becoming President. But this entire issue illustrates the latent corruption going on in the unelected segment that is controlling government.

Any journalist who is not reporting the absurd charges in the indictment is politically motivated since this drunk District Attorney is a Democrat trying to take Perry out of the race. There are only two counts in this indictment.

Count One says that Perry “knowingly misused government property” – the funds slated for the corruption unit – “with intent to harm another, to wit, Rosemary Lehmberg.” That’s it. A drunk district attorney acting for a political agenda who herself tried to abuse her own power.

Count Two charges that “by means of coercion, to wit, threatening to veto legislation that had been approved and authorized by the Legislature of the State of Texas to provide funding for the continued operation of the Public Integrity Unit…unless…Rosemary Lehmberg resigned from her official position…James Richard ‘Rick’ Perry “intentionally or knowingly influenced or attempted to influence Rosemary Lehmberg…in the specific performance of her official duty….”

For starters, the governor has broad veto powers and can legally veto such funding. For the very people to indict the governor who are the recipients of that money is a conflict of interest.

The problem we face is this is really standard throughout the country. Nobody can report it for they risk charges themselves. This one slipped by because the corrupt District Attorney went to jail.