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- Governor Rick Perry's mugshot
Governor Goodhair Indicted
In mid-August, a Travis County grand jury indicted our outgoing governor on two felony counts of abuse of power and coercion. The allegations stem from an ethics investigation that began last summer after Rick Perry threatened to veto state funding for a public integrity unit if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg didn't resign after pleading guilty to drunk driving. When she didn't vacate her position, Perry vetoed the money. Though Perry did take a now-infamous smug mugshot and was officially booked at the Travis County Jail, he did not serve time and pleaded not guilty to the charges. His high-dollar legal team filed a motion in late August to dismiss the case on a technicality, but San Antonio-based judge Bert Richardson overruled the request. Despite the felony charges, Perry continues to travel the country, with his name appearing on preliminary 2016 presidential polls—albeit he does pretty poorly. In a recent poll conducted by CNN/ORC International, only 4 percent of Republicans said they would pick Perry as their presidential nominee, but polls this early don't always say a lot. Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted in 100 years.