- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Several of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s would-be rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination are rushing to his defense after a judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case accusing Mr. Perry of abusing his power while in office.

Mr. Perry was indicted in August while serving as governor after he followed through on a threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg would not resign in the wake of a 2013 drunken driving conviction.

Tony Buzbee, lead counsel for Mr. Perry, called the continued prosecution of Mr. Perry an “outrage” and said that it “sets a dangerous precedent in our democracy,” pledging an appeal.

“Governor Perry acted lawfully and properly exercised his power under the law as governor to protect the public safety and integrity of government,” Mr. Buzbee said.

Mr. Perry’s political action committee, RickPAC, also sent out an e-mail to supporters asking them to sign a petition in support of the former governor.

The former governor, joined by his legal team, was to deliver a statement on the ruling later Wednesday.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called the indictment “frivolous” and a “political witch-hunt,” calling his fellow Texan Mr. Perry “a good man, a man of integrity, and a friend.”

Via Twitter, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called the indictment “a politically motivated farce by unethical people who should be disbarred.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also weighed in via the social media site, saying the prosecution of his friend is “outrageous” and “sets a dangerous precedent.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie posted a link to the petition on his Facebook page and said there that Mr. Perry “is a good man and has my full confidence.”

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