State of Texas: In Depth – Rick Perry’s future

Austin (KXAN) – In Texas politics this past week, one subject and one mugshot captured just about all of the headlines – the criminal indictment of Governor Rick Perry.

From the justice complex in Austin to Washington D-C to even the primary state of New Hampshire, the governor has fought back, saying the charges were politically motivated and not real.

Late this week, Perry told a crowd at the Heritage Foundation in DC that he will stand up to the charges. Prosecutors say he coerced Travis County’s District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg and abused his official powers over an alleged threat attached to a funding veto of the Public Integrity Unit.

Texas Democrats in the state were quick to challenge the governor,some calling for him to resign, many insisting he pay for his own legal bills, rather than letting taxpayers.

Host Josh Hinkle explains what Perry’s future holds with the indictment looming over his potential 2016 presidential run. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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