- - Monday, August 18, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has performed extremely well in his current position, particularly in this last term, in the areas of economic growth, employment, low taxes and carrying on the fight against President Obama’s failed border security and immigration policies. These policies have resulted in the costly flood of illegal-immigrant children and families surrendering themselves at the border.

How do vindictive Austin Democrats react to Mr. Perry’s success for all Texans and his potential for another run at the presidency? Travis County officials drum up phony charges against Mr. Perry and indict him with two counts of felony abuse of power after the county district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, refused Mr. Perry’s demand that she resign following a bitter drunken-driving arrest and conviction. Mr. Perry then vetoed funding for Ms. Lehmberg’s public-integrity unit.

Worse, all of this smacks of Mr. Obama’s partisan IRS-style hit squad against Mr. Perry for embarrassing Mr. Obama with his tough border security and illegal immigration stand — and Mr. Perry’s economic success, compared with Mr. Obama’s economic failures. Indeed, Mr. Obama and Travis County officials are the ones who should be charged with abuse of power, as they are trying desperately to diminish Mr. Perry’s chances in the 2016 presidential election.

DANIEL B. JEFFS

Apple Valley, Calif.