After the news of a grand jury's seating and Rick Perry's hiring of defense lawyer, David Botsford, the word on the street is, "What took you so long?"
Photo by Ed Schipul The "we gotcha" moment might be coming for Perry.
The last time a Texas Governor faced possible indictment was almost 100 years ago. In 1917, James "Pa" Ferguson's past shady dealings, which were common knowledge among the well-connected, finally came to light via a quarrel with the University of Texas about removing faculty that "Pa" disliked. When the Board of Regents refused to do Ferguson's bidding, he vetoed practically the entire appropriation for the university.
Is any of this sounding familiar?
Just like Ferguson, Rick Perry allegedly attempted to coerce Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to leave office and upon her refusal, he vetoed $7.5 million in funds to the state Public Integrity Unit. The kicker being that the TCPIU was in the process of investigating him for his laundry list of misdeeds of his fourteen years in office.
It went to a grand jury last year, but that panel's term expired.