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August 25, 2014 - 7:13 am
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The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry on August 15, 2014 has drawn criticism from pundits, politicians and papers all over the country. Some Democrats have disavowed the indictment, going as far as to claim that launching courtroom attacks against their opponents in the GOP is just not how Democrats operate.

But is that the case? Or have Democrats shown a disturbing pattern of using courtrooms to go after Republicans who pose a threat to them?

The following eight cases suggest that Democrats will wield ethics complaints and courtrooms as weapons against Republicans at strategic moments.

hutchisonSen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, 1993

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle brought several charges against newly elected Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) in 1993. Hutchison had previously won statewide election as state treasurer, and was a rising star in Texas politics. She won a special election by landslide to replace Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D), who had been nominated to serve in the Clinton administration.

Even in 1993 there was talk that Hutchison was a future governor. As a woman with considerable poise in front the press, Hutchison represented a clear and present danger to the Democrats who hoped to build on Gov. Ann Richards’ success statewide. Hutchison came along at a time when Texas was shifting from a reliable Democratic state to a swing state, to becoming the Republican bastion it is today. A conservative, attractive woman who could even charm the hostile Texas media, Hutchison posed a grave threat to the Democrats at a pivotal moment.

Earle’s indictment, built through the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, alleged that Hutchison engaged in felony misconduct and ordered state employees to destroy evidence while she was state treasurer. Hutchison was essentially indicted over Christmas cards.

Hutchison’s attorneys won a change of venue out of heavily Democratic Travis County, to Fort Worth. The case fell apart at trial.

Result: Full acquittal. The change of venue pulled the flimsy case out of Travis County to Fort Worth, where Earle had to give it up. Hutchison won re-election in 1994 and would go on to serve as senator until she retired and Sen. Ted Cruz (R) replaced her in 2012.

The Democrats were by no means finished with legal shenanigans to try to keep their grip on Texas. Republicans finally won the state House in 2002 for the first time since Reconstruction. That empowered them to draw up the state’s electoral map for the very first time, and in the 2003 legislative session, they did just that, with the help of Rep. Tom DeLay. Democrats knew that they would lose the vote that would adopt the Republicans’ new map — a map drawn within the constraints of the law, but which no longer guaranteed the Democrats a majority in the state’s US House delegation.

Eleven Democrats responded by running off to Oklahoma to deny the House the quorum it needed to pass the map as long as they could.

Democrats would get around to punishing DeLay directly a few years later. Read on.

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It is common for divorcing wives to make, through their lawyers, false charges of heinous things. These false charges are made, and dropped as a negotiating ploy. That is why such records are routinely sealed: Everyone knows they are lies. That you pretend not to know that they are lies means that you are either naive or ingenuous.
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I don't wish to defend Jack Ryan, since I was not privy either to the actions of the couple OR the courtroom testimony. Having said that though, knowing attorneys and the ways of asking questions in deposition as well as soliciting testimony in courtrooms I wouldn't be so quick off the mark to condemn Ryan.
The aggrieved wife can say a lot of things that many people would not want to remark on, much less defend themselves against.
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I think your list should include GW Bush. Gore turned to the courts in an attempt to reverse the outcome in Florida and 'win' the election. That was unprecedented as far as I know.
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Didn't the Dems try to get some court (divorce?) records released in the last elections? In the NE maybe?
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There was a woman running against Obama for one of his first appointments, maybe a ward position or an alderman. She had a history of working in and for her community. He got her thrown off the ballot. Big loss for her community (and eventually for our country). How's that community doing now is a good question. Did he organize it well?
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If you haven't already, read "The Blueprint." "The Colorado Plan" incorporates a comprehensive scheme of lawfare against Republican elected and appointed officials, Party operatives, and financial supporters. The Left intends to drive Republican support out of enough states to assure themselves a permanent majority. If they're willing to go after someone as powerful as Perry, think what they must be doing to those who contribute to Republicans; the Koch Bros. aren't the only ones getting the treatment.

I disagree with you about much of the Palin issue, though. There was a tremendous interest in her at first. The first and only time I've ever had a reporter pick up the tab was when a reporter from a major newspaper took me to lunch to talk about Sarah Palin. Once the election was over, pretty much everyone outside of Alaska lost interest in her. It was Palin's choice to go the private counsel route in defending against the Ethics Act and other complaints. There isn't some oddity of Alaska law that forced her to defend herself on most of the charges. If you've followed the Ethics Act, the Public Records Act, and the other statutes she flaunted if not violated, the State will defend you. One may only wonder why she chose not to sit down with her own Attorney General, an AG that she appointed, and have him defend her. Since he's running for the US Senate now, I suspect that question will come up again.
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I don't think you are familiar enough with the specific Alaska law that enabled the jackals to take down Palin.
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I just read that the lawyer who represented Al Gore in the Florida recount case has joined Perry's defense team. Now he's got both lawyers from that case on his side, the Republican who represented Bush and the Democrat who represented Gore. That is interesting.

They're moving to have the indictment dismissed on constitutional grounds.

Perry has assembled a who's who list of accomplished lawyers to represent him. Sounds expensive, yeah I know, but you don't go into a gun fight with a pellet gun.

Walker should follow that strategy. I never cared much for Christie, something about him rubs me the wrong way, but I'd vote for him over a Democrat any day.

I can't comment on the Ryan case except to say that his ex-wife is gorgeous. It's hard to believe a guy like that could land a girl like her. She's one of my favorite actresses. And she doesn't come across as someone who would make up stories about sex clubs in a divorce proceeding. Still, the leaking of sealed information is a typical Chicago Democrat strategy.

I think Cruz should remain in the Senate. I went out of my way to vote for him, and I would vote for him again, but he needs more experience to be considered for Vice-President.

Perry-Walker, that's the ticket for me in 2016.

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You should look into Perry's love affair with Islam.

He's almost as bad as Christie on that point.

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Obama, no questions asked. Bush, dug deep, especially on the eve of the election. Yet Karma eventually has its way with the diggers who usually get it in the neck themselves.
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"Is it a coincidence that all three face these investigations just as they gear up to challenge Democrats for the presidency?"

No.
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If you can't get 'em with the IRS, get 'em with lawyers. It's the new Chicago way.
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Excellent summary. *bookmarks*
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sounds like we neeed legal reform like health care reform because people are on lawsuit away from bankruptcy, and bet the lawyers would love to work in the conditons that they want for doctors. NOT, what they want from doctors, is something that they won't tolerate for themselves as they look to destroy the system, destroy individuals and bankrupt those that they disagree with.

It is no longer enough to win these bogus lawsuits, there must be a way for the person to get back the costs and damages from those that filed these frivolous actions and against the lawyers that took the cases
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Obama's record goes back further than just the general election for US Senate.

When he first started out, he ran against Congressman Bobby Rush but got his clock cleaned in the primary, which, if you know anything about Chicago politics, IS the general election since the Dems have such a stranglehold on the city.

He then began looking for a seat that didn't have an incumbent and settled on the State Senate seat held by Alice Palmer as she was mulling retirement. He and two others had begun exploring running, but she decided, at almost the last minute, that she was going to run again. The other two prospective candidates dropped out in deference to the long-serving, very popular Palmer. But not Obama.

His people challenged her nominating petitions and got her thrown off the primary ballot. Since it was so late in the game, it was too late for the other opponents to get their names on the ballot, so Obama ran unopposed and landed in the Illinois State Senate, where he proceeded to do almost nothing. I know to this day the local neighborhood activists and those aligned with Palmer hate Obama for doing what he did.

Somebody then planted a notion for him to run for US Senate. In the runup to the primary, he was behind front runner Blair Hull by five or more points. Then, Hull's divorce records got unsealed and his campaign cratered. Eventually, he officially dropped out but was still on the ballot as it was too late to reprint the ballots. Obama then took the lead and held it through the primary.

The Jack Ryan/Alan Keyes fiasco then occurred, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I hope future historians don't gloss over this stuff - Wikipedia has this stuff all scrubbed out - but I'm not holding my breath. Obama was and is a dirty Chicago politician.
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Mr Hull's divorce file was unsealed at the behest of the Chicago Tribune, who then repeated the feat with Mr Ryan. They had the assistance of a former Tribune reporter who had become a political advisor to Young Obama when he began his political career, ... David Axelrod.

Cheers

Cheers
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