- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 16, 2014

Defenders of Texas Gov. Rick Perry are stepping forward following his sudden indictment Friday on two felony counts of abuse-of-power charges, relating to the governor’s efforts last year to obtain the resignation of a Travis County district attorney.

“Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable. Rick Perry is a friend, he’s a man of integrity — I am proud to stand with Rick Perry.” Sen Ted Cruz said in a statement on Saturday.

“The Texas Constitution gives the governor the power to veto legislation, and a criminal indictment predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect.”

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also spoke up Saturday.

“I stand behind Governor Perry in his fight for honest government and I am certain he will prevail in this partisan suit,” Mr. Jindal tweeted, adding in separate dispatches, “Governor Perry exercised his constitutional authority and this circus is simply a political witch-hunt.” and “The lawsuit against Governor Perry is a blatant misuse of the judicial system by liberal activists who couldn’t defeat him at the polls.”

Social media is already crowded with Mr. Perry’s defenders — and his critics as well. Hashtags like #StandwithRickPerry and #IStandwithRick are already crowded with commentary.

Mr. Perry himself is expected to make a statement in mid-afternoon on Saturday.