AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ What’s a governor to do after getting booked on felony charges? Go for ice cream.
Minutes after he was fingerprinted at the Travis County Courthouse, Texas Gov. Rick Perry posted a photo Tuesday from his official Twitter account of him outside Sandy’s Hamburgers in downtown Austin.
The photo shows Perry holding an ice cream cone, with his arm around an unidentified woman. His attorneys, David Botsford and Tony Buzbee, are standing nearby with their own ice cream cones.
Perry was defiant before and after being booked on two felony charges accusing him of abusing power when he vetoed money for a Travis County prosecutors’ unit investigating public corruption.
Surrounded by dozens of chanting supporters, Perry called the indictment an abuse of power and said he was confident he would prevail.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Gov. Rick Perry has been booked on two felony counts of abuse of power for carrying out a threat to veto funding to state public corruption prosecutors.
Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, turned himself in Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he’d fight the charges “with every fiber of my being.”
The Republican is accused of coercion and official oppression for publicly promising to veto $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit run by the Travis County district attorney’s office.
Perry threatened to veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn’t resign after a drunken driving conviction.
Lehmberg refused, and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint.
Perry was indicted last week by an Austin grand jury. He’s called the case a political ploy.