Texas Governor, and Not Gay, Rick Perry does not like it when she doesn’t get her way. And, because she gets all pissy and foot-stompy, she is now being investigated for possibly abusing the office of governor when trying to force Rosemary Lehmberg out of office.
See, this past April Lehmberg, a Democrat, was arrested on suspicion of DUI; she plead guilty and served a forty-five day sentence but said she would not resign even after the Texas GOP — which, as we know, loathes women, especially women in power — and Governor ‘Miss Ricky’ Perry demanded she do so.
So what did Perry do? He threatened to cut funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit, which Lehmberg resides over, if she didn’t step down from her position; and he made his threat publicly, and often. When Lehmberg did not step down, Perry made good on his threats and, this past June, vetoed some $3.7 million in funding for the Public Integrity Unit. As a result of the Perry-induced budget cuts, the office was forced to layoff 10 employees and drop 54 of its 400 active cases. All because Miss Ricky did not get what she wanted.
But, the fact is, that Perry can’t do what he did because it’s illegal to use his power as governor to threaten another public servant. Yet that’s what he did, though Miss Ricky will no doubt have a team of GOP spinners putting their own take on his illegal activities. Which will be difficult, considering he very publicly made it known that he wanted Lehmberg out:
“Despite the otherwise good work (of) 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.”
And there it is; he wanted her to go, and when she didn’t he cut funding for her program, and gave not a care about the people who lost their jobs because he didn’t get his way.
But, while we’re on the subject of Miss Ricky’s lack or moral standards while taking the moral high ground, let’s remember that she is the one who created his own slush fund, paid for by taxpayers, so he could travel the country and build support for what is sure to be another failed attempt at becoming President.
But hey, that’s the GOP, and that is also one of their presidential nominees for 2016.