Texas Democrats firmly stand behind the right of a drunk driving D.A. who puts the lives of others at risk by driving while intoxicated, but their leader Gilberto Hinojosa hilariously called for the immediate resignation of Rick Perry after a special prosecutor achieved an indictment against Perry for using his veto power to deny $7.5 million in funds to Lehmberg's office after she refused to resign in the wake of her DWI arrest and guilty plea.
Lehmberg, who was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $4,000, faced no real pressure from Hinojosa or any other leading Democratic figure to resign. When Governor Rick Perry used the threat of a veto to induce her to resign, every Democrat in Texas hysterically screamed about abuse of power, even though there is nothing illegal about the governor vetoing legislation or funding.
Today, Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. The fact is that Texas law explicitly provides for the removal of a D.A. if they are intoxicated on or off the job. Lehmberg incurred $227,000 in attorneys fees for a civil suit to fend off removal efforts. Those fees and Lehmberg's payments towards the balance are the subject of an ethics investigation. Lehmberg insists that she is paying for the entire tab on her own dime, but acknowledges that she will raise fees for her legal defense from contributors.
Texas Democrats will doubtless spring to her defense, as the drunkenest public integrity unit head in Texas history continues to draw criticism for her idiotic and unethical behavior.
In effect, Texas Democratic Party state chairman Gilberto Hinojosa has cast his lot with a drunk D.A., defending her right to stay on the job while calling for the immediate resignation of her sober adversary Governor Rick Perry:
"Governor Rick Perry has brought dishonor to his office, his family and the state of Texas. Texans deserve to have leaders that stand up for what is right and work to help families across Texas."Of course, Texas families deserve to be put at risk on the roadways by drunk driving district attorneys. They deserve to have their children and families put a risk of a fatal car accident due to the selfish, irresponsible, and illegal behavior of Rosemary Lehmberg, whose actions were apparently not shameful enough to merit Hinojosa's forceful support for her removal from office.
In fact, Hinojosa explicitly said Lehmberg shouldn't resign back in April 2013:
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said Lehmberg should not resign. "She’s taken that office and done wonders with that office and it’s one of the most respected," he said. "If she were belligerent and fighting it and not willing to recognize that she’d done wrong, that would be a different issue."
He acknowledged that his stance is rooted firmly in politics. "Anybody that Rick Perry appoints is going to be far less qualified than our current district attorney in Travis County," he said, "even if you take in to consideration this mistake that she’s made."
This is who the Texas Democratic Party thinks should head the Public Integrity Unit. This is who Texas Democrats point to as someone who is willing to stand up for what is right, and to fight for Texas families:
If that doesn't say enough, perhaps this will:
Texas. It could turn blue from asphyxiation, but it won't ever turn blue with Democrats like Rosemary Lehmberg and Gilberto Hinojosa running the show. Liberal lunacy, like everything else, really is bigger in Texas.