Less than 24 hours after being indicted on accusations of abusing his veto power, Texas Gov. Rick Perry responded, saying he stood by his actions and calling the “outrageous” charges nothing more than "partisan political theatrics."
Friday, a Travis County grand jury indicted Perry for threatening to veto funding for a state office unless a partisan prosecutor who had been jailed for drunk driving resigned. The charges make Perry the first sitting Texas governor in decades in almost a hundred years.
In a brief press conference Saturday, Perry responded to what he called "this farce of a prosecution":
I think Americans and Texans who have seen the video would agree that this is not the type of individual who should be heading up an office that we want to fund. I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto […] I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident [...] this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is.
In his remarks, Perry argued that the indictment was merely “partisan political theatrics” that seeks to “erode our state’s constitution and laws purely for political purposes” and declared that he would fight the charges and ultimately prevail.