(1) Is Governor Perry using taxpayer dollars to pay the legal expenses for his indictment over coercion of a public official and abuse of power?
(2) Alright, we know the answer to number one is that he is using taxpayer dollars. But, why is that acceptable when he is sitting on $5 million in his campaign account?
(3) Is Attorney General Abbott playing politics by not commenting on whether or not Governor Perry can use taxpayer funding for his legal defense?
(4) Why has Perry’s team not cleared the air about the political motivation behind his indictments? If the reason for abuse of power and coercion wasn’t related to the investigation into the cancer research institute by the public integrity unit - why haven’t they cleared the air?
(5) Did the Governor’s office know if the Public Integrity Unit was looking into any other abuses that may have been committed by Governor Perry, Attorney General Abbott or individuals who had previously financially supported either individual?
(6) Why hasn’t Perry’s office released any public and/or personal emails written about or directed to the Public Integrity Unit, its staff or the Travis County District Attorney?
(7) Why did it take days for the Governor’s legal team to shift the story to be about a First Amendment right? Does that First Amendment right supersede the coercive speech that is used as a Governor abuses their official capacity?
(8) Instead of breaking the law, why didn’t Perry call the legislature back into session to issue articles of impeachment?
(9) If Perry thought the Public Integrity Unit’s “leadership had lost the public's confidence” why are there numerous reports that he was cutting her a deal to stay on?
(10) If Perry thought the Public Integrity Unit’s “leadership had lost the public's confidence” why did he not also ask Republican Kaufman County District Attorney Rick Harrison to step down in 2009 following a drunk driving incident?
(11) If Perry thought the Public Integrity Unit’s “leadership had lost the public's confidence” why did he not also ask Republican Swisher County D.A. Terry McEachern to step down in 2003 following a drunk driving incident?
(12) If Perry thought the Public Integrity Unit’s “leadership had lost the public's confidence” why did he not also ask former State Representative Jack Stick to leave the HHSC following a drunk driving incident?
(13) If Perry thought the Public Integrity Unit’s “leadership had lost the public's confidence” why did he let former State Representative Jack Stick get appointed chief legal counsel for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, earning an annual salary of $162,000 following a drunk driving incident?
(14) Does Perry’s new legal team think the old legal team made a mistake when they let Perry vaguely threaten the Presiding Judge, a Special Prosecutor and everyday Texas citizens when he said that the indictments “farce of a prosecution” and that “those responsible will be held accountable”?
(15) Does Rick Perry think the example he is setting - that the rules don’t apply to him, that if you don’t like someone’s politics its okay to be a bully and break the law - is something that the next generation in Texas should aspire to?
(16) If this wasn’t a Republican partisan play to shut down the Public Integrity Unit , then why has the Republican Party leadership consistently gone after, cut funding for or advocated cutting funding for the only watchdog to their abuse in Austin?
(17) As the leader of his party in Texas, does Governor Perry think that his leadership style has lead to Senator Ken Paxton believing it was okay to commit a felony of his own?
(18) As the leader of his party in Texas, does Governor Perry think that his leadership style has lead to Attorney General Abbott consistently siding with: Corporations over TX rape victim/survivors? A “sociopath" surgeon over patients turned victims? Farmers Insurance over Texas homeowners? Chemical companies over Texas parents? Wealthy donors over Texas cancer patients? Payday lenders over TX families and veterans?
(19) If Governor Perry is going to spend the next few months using taxpayer dollars for five person legal defense and using taxpayer dollars to campaign for President, wouldn’t Texans and their taxes be better served by him stepping down?
(20) Will Perry's legal team advise him to go to New Hampshire on Friday when his arraignment is set for his two felony charges?
20 Questions @GovernorPerry's lawyers don't want to answer: http://t.co/KpiiCo85Ky #PerryIndicted— Texas Democrats (@TXDemParty) August 19, 2014
Texas Democrat Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez focuses on local crime and increased community trust by ending 287(g)
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Texas Democrats on Trump’s Mass Deportation Orders
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