When news of the indictment of Rick Perry broke, Sen. Ted Cruz came to Perry’s defense, saying the Texas governor is a “man of integrity” and calling the charges “highly suspect.”
In a statement this weekend, Cruz agreed with Perry about what he called the “sad history” of the Travis County DA’s Office to whom Perry threatened to veto funds, and said he was "proud" to stand by the governor:
Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity. I am proud to stand with Rick Perry. 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.
Cruz was certainly not the only one to defend Perry and question the indictment. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also expressed his support for Perry, while Democrat David Axelrod, a former political adviser to Obama, voiced his doubts about the credibility of the charges against Perry, tweeting "Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy."