Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered a courthouse in Austin today for booking. He was indicted Friday on two felony charges, an indictment which has made the Texas Democratic Party and its supporters and consultants a national laughingstock for supporting it.
Perry delivered brief remarks before entering the courthouse, declaring that he will prevail.
The booking will include having his mugshot and his fingerprints taken. The mugshot will work its way into leftwing Battleground Texas, Lone Star Project and Texas Democratic Party emails, mailers and ads very quickly.
When it becomes available, we will also post it here. The Tatler suspects that that mugshot will end up becoming a trophy — for Rick Perry. Because the charges against him are “the stupidest thing I have ever seen, in my career,” according to liberal pundit Mark Halperin.
Update: Here’s Perry’s full statement, courtesy RightScoop. They have video too.
I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law. I’m here today because I did the right thing. I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right. And if I had to do so, I would veto funding for the public integrity unit again.
You’d think any governor, Democrat or Republican, would expect this important unit with jurisdiction over state officials, be led by someone who lives up to the high standard of conduct and personal integrity. And this issue is far bigger than me. It is about the rule of law. It’s about the constitution that allows, not just a governor, but every citizen to speak their mind free of political interference or legal intimidation.
This indictment is nothing short of an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor. There are important fundamental issues at stake and I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand. I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail. And we’ll prevail because we’re standing for the rule of law.
Update: Here’s the booking photo.
Update: After the booking, Gov. Perry went out for some ice cream.
— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) August 19, 2014