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Even Liberals Think The Indictment Of Rick Perry Looks Weak

Even Liberals Think The Indictment Of Rick Perry Looks Weak

Source: www.businessinsider.com - Saturday, August 16, 2014
Although some Democrats  are calling for Texas. Gov Rick Perry's (R) resignation after he was indicted by a grand jury on Friday, a number of left-leaning observers immediately panned the allegations as unimpressive. Perry, an expected presidential candidate in 2016,  is accused of "abuse of official capacity" and "coercion of [a] public servant" by publicly threatening to zero out a state prosecutor's funding and then actually doing it. Several pundits, including former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, Clinton and Obama administration alum Jonathan Prince, Vox's Matt Yglesias, and New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, wrote on Twitter they couldn't see what the big deal was. "Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason," Axelrod argued , "Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy." "Have to say Perry indictment seems nuts. Gov has constitutional power to veto. Gov uses power. Grand jury indicts bc they don't like reason?" Prince asked .  "Hard for me to imagine these Rick Perry charges sticking," Yglesias wrote , adding , "Does anyone think this Perry indictment makes sense?" "My *very* preliminary reaction to the Rick Perry news: I don't understand what law he broke," Chait opined . ThinkProgress, the liberal-oriented news site, reported that Perry's own attorneys "may have a point" when they argued his veto of the prosecutor funding "was made in accordance with the veto authori

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