What Republicans and Democrats said about Rick Perry’s indictment

08/16/2014 5:41 PM

08/18/2014 10:25 AM

“I am outraged and appalled that the grand jury has taken this action, given the governor’s constitutional right and duty to veto funding as he deems appropriate. This clearly represents political abuse of the court system and there is no legal basis in this decision. The facts of this case conclude that the governor’s veto was lawful, appropriate and well within the authority of the office of the governor. Today’s action, which violates the separation of powers outlined in the Texas Constitution, is nothing more than an effort to weaken the constitutional authority granted to the office of Texas governor and sets a dangerous precedent by allowing a grand jury to punish the exercise of a lawful and constitutional authority afforded to the Texas governor.”

— David Botsford, Gov. Rick Perry’s lawyer

“For the sake of Texas, Gov. Perry should resign following his indictment on two criminal felony counts involving abuse of office.”

— U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio

“I think most people, and certainly the average voter, is going to be like me, a 27-year practicing attorney before I retired, having a hard time understanding what in the world would cause a grand jury to indict somebody for what is a normal political activity. When people understand the two things they are accusing him of, it doesn’t sound like anybody did anything wrong.”

— Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri

“Gov. Rick Perry has brought dishonor to his office, his family and the state of Texas. Texans deserve to have leaders that stand up for what is right and work to help families across Texas.”

— Gilberto Hinojosa, chairman of the Texas Democratic Party

“I think it certainly will be a big deal with the liberal media — Slate, Salon — and therefore for the national media. It is beyond ridiculous that Travis County is pursuing the governor, after letting the seriously drunk, police-disrespecting DA stay in office.”

— Ray Sullivan, a former chief of staff to Perry and former spokesman on his presidential campaign

“Thought bubble as @GovernorPerry goes for his mug shot: ‘Do these glasses make me look innocent?’ ”

— TV political commentator and former Democratic consultant Paul Begala, via Twitter

“Malicious prosecution to silence conservatives is newest weapon of the establishment nationally and, sadly, in Texas. #StandWithRickPerry”

— Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of the conservative group Empower Texans, via Twitter

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