Three-term Texas Governor Rick Perry is facing criticism for deleting a truthful, humorous tweet, apparently sent out by someone on his staff, linking Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg’s 2013 belligerent drunk driving arrest with his current indictment.
The tweet featured an image created in the meme style of Mexican beer Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World ad campaign, and riffed on how Lehmberg is the “most drunk democrat in the state of Texas.”
“I DON’T ALWAYS DRIVE DRUNK AT 3X THE LEGAL BLOOD ALCOHOL LIMIT… …BUT WHEN I DO, I INDICT GOV. PERRY FOR CALLING ME OUT ABOUT IT. I AM THE MOST DRUNK DEMOCRAT IN TEXAS,” the meme said
About an hour later, Perry deleted the tweet and denounced it as “unauthorized.”
A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) September 1, 2014
“A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down,” Perry said.
Since he was indicted on August 15 by a Texas grand jury on counts of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, Perry and his attorneys have maintained he abided by the Texas Constitution when he followed through on a promise to veto funding for a state department headed up by Lehmberg if she did not resign, which she did not. Ironically, the department Lehmberg was trying to get funded, Texas’ Public Integrity Unit, specialized in investigating corruption of elected officials.
“Despite the otherwise good work the Public Integrity Unit’s employees, I cannot in good conscience support continued state funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence,” Perry said at the time regarding the veto.
The “loss of public confidence” Perry mentioned was in reference to Lehmberg’s April 2013 drunk driving arrest, where she blew an alcohol breath test three times over the legal limit and had an open bottle of vodka in her car.
Once jailed, Lehmberg behaved so belligerently, issuing threats and lashing out in fits of rage, that officers opted to film her for documentation purposes.
But despite telling her arresting officer and jailers that the event would “ruin her career,” and despite heading up the corruption investigation unit, Lehmberg did not resign.
Perry’s indictment, which came shortly after he sent Texas National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, is seen by many as a way to stain the Republican party , greasing the skids for a democrat to take over the governor’s seat in November.
And of course Perry is no angel himself. The Democrat-turned-Republican governor mandated the sometimes lethal Gardasil injections for school age girls in 2007, for instance, and has attended the premier globalist meeting of elite power brokers, Bilderberg.
However, Perry seems to be warming up to libertarian ideologies as of late, standing up for the Second Amendment, making at least somewhat of an effort to secure the border and calling out several of the Obama administration’s innumerable shenanigans.
Hear Alex Jones’ take on Perry’s indictment below: