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El Paso Democrats say Perry indictment “not a political ploy”

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POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 12:43am

UPDATED: Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 9:34am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment was met with mixed reaction from El Pasoans.

Local Democratic Party representatives told NewsChannel 9 they felt “unfairly blamed” for politicizing the case, while El Paso GOP leaders said the Constitutionality of Perry’s actions “is a non-partisan question.”

According to Donald Williams, one of El Paso’s Democratic Executive Committee members, the decision to indict Perry on two felony counts should not been seen as the Democrats’ way of tampering with the governor’s Presidential ambitions.

“Because of the timing, it’s going to look like it was a political play,” said Williams.

“But keep in mind, the governor isn’t running for anything right now, officially. Legally? He’s guilty. I think we’re being blamed for it, as Democrats, simply because it’s an unfortunate situation that he finally got caught in.”

El Paso GOP representatives said the politicization of Perry’s indictment should not overshadow the debate over whether or not he exercised his veto power Constitutionally.

“This is not a question of [whether you are] Democratic or Republican,” said Bob Pena, the elections administrator for the El Paso County Republican Party.

“This is not a partisan question. This is a question of common sense… And we [Republicans] are not the only ones standing with the governor. People of all party affiliations stand with him because the real ‘abuse of power’ is in the [Travis County] DA’s office.”

Perry was charged with pressuring the district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, to resign by threatening - and later carrying out his threat - to deny her office state funding.

NewsChannel 9 reached out to Lehmberg’s office for a response. They were not available for comment.

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