Re: June 18 commentary, “Perry wields coercive, unfair veto pen.”
Sure, Gov. Rick Perry’s coercive veto of funding of the Public Integrity Unit puts 400 ethics cases in limbo and 35 employees’ jobs in jeopardy. District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is under a cloud, and if she cared about the jobs and cases, she had an easy remedy short of resignation. Lehmberg could have recused herself from any involvement in the Public Integrity Unit and this, coupled with a delegation of authority to the unit’s head, would have removed Perry’s reason to veto the funding of the unit. With her recusal, Perry alone would have put the cases and jobs in jeopardy because Lehmberg could not have been involved.
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