Rick Perry deletes tweet calling district attorney the ‘most drunk Democrat in Texas’
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday deleted an image posted by his official Twitter account that labeled Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg “the most drunk Democrat in Texas.”
The image, imitating Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man in the World” beer advertisements, stated: “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit… …but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas.”
The tweet was quickly deleted, but can still be viewed thanks to the Sunlight Foundation’s Politwoops tool.
“A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down,” Perry tweeted.
Lehmberg was arrested last year for driving with a blood-alcohol level three times over the legal limit.
Perry later vetoed $7.5 million in funding for the state public integrity unit in an attempt to force Lehmberg to resign. Last month, the governor was indicted by a grand jury in Travis County on two felony charges of abusing power.
The Houston Chronicle noted that the image mischaracterized Perry’s indictment.
“Lehmberg did not indict Perry. She and other officials in solidly Democratic Travis County recused themselves from the case against Perry. Bert Richardson, a Republican judge from Bexar County, appointed San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum to serve as a special prosecutor. McCrum brought forth charges against Perry, and on Aug. 15, a Travis County grand jury handed up an indictment alleging Perry abused his official capacity and coerced a public servant,” the Chronicle’s Patrick Svitek explained.