Local Parties React to Perry Indictment

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Governor Perry could be formally arraigned in an Austin court as early as next week.

BRYAN - "This farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is," Governor Perry said as he came out swinging in response to the grand jury indictment brought against him Friday evening.

A Travis County grand jury indicted Perry for carrying out a threat to veto state funds to the local district attorney, an elected Democrat, who refused to resign following a drunken-driving arrest.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution," Perry said.

Some Democrats are calling for Governor Perry to leave his post, but the chairwoman of the Brazos County Democratic Party, Maggie Charleton, says democrats must allow the legal system to take its course.

"As to whether Governor Perry did something wrong, I think we'll let the courts decide that," Charleton said.

Whether the indictment affects Perry's last days in office and a potential run for the White House remains to be seen.

Brazos County Republican Party Chairman Paul Rieger thinks there's hope for the longest-serving governor in state history.

"I think it's all in how the Governor's office handles it and I think so far he's handled it very well. I think that they should hit back hard. Politics is ugly," Rieger said.


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