Perry indictment ripples through Republican politics

AUSTIN (KXAN) – There will be political winners and losers within the Republican Party after Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment, according to KXAN media partner the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root.

“You have to think that Ted Cruz benefits,” Root said. “When a potential opponent is wounded, injured, hit with anything negative – and this is negative – it’s a good thing for anybody except Rick Perry who might face him in a presidential primary.”

Perry’s conservative popularity swelled nationwide in recent weeks with his call-up of National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to address a surge of immigrants. Politicos said it did a lot to help potential voters forgive him for that infamous “oops” moment during his initial presidential run.

“The sort of irony is that he was sort of doing so great,” Root said. “He’s been studying to be president in a way. He’s had advisors come in and talk to him about foreign policy. He’s been on the road a lot. He’s had a lot of TV appearances. The border surge has given him a platform, and then boom – indicted on a Friday evening.”

And as Perry leaves his current office in a few months, the fellow Republican who could replace him might suffer a bit from the indictment, too.

“This sort of leaves a cloud over the administration, and I’ve got to think that this is going to go on for quite a long time,” Root added. “If you’re Greg Abbott, he’s the heir apparent to Rick Perry so, you don’t want to be dealing with that.”

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