Austin (KXAN) – For the first time in nearly a century a Texas governor faces criminal charges. Some are now calling on him to step down.
Governor Rick Perry now faces two criminal counts.
The first count, Abuse of Official Capacity, says the governor misused government property by threatening to defund the Travis County Public Integrity Unit in June of last year after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving.
The second count says Governor Perry misused his power by trying to coerce Lehmberg to resign or face the state pulling its funding from the Public Integrity Unit.
Perry kept a low profile Friday night but was out walking his dog Saturday morning and spoke to the media a few hours later.
The indictment raises questions about Governor Perry’s Presidential future. He was just on a rise, getting on top of the Fox News Republican Presidential poll in late July. Before that, he polled far behind almost all of the likely Republican nominees.
State of Texas: In Depth Host Josh Hinkle speaks with experts about what the governor faces in the upcoming months.