We called on Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken-driving arrest in April. We stand by that call. But Gov. Rick Perry’s threat to veto state funding of the Public Integrity Unit in the Travis County district attorney’s office unless Lehmberg steps down is political blackmail. There’s no other way to describe it.
Legislators rejected a Republican effort in the Texas House to cut funding to the Public Integrity Unit or to transfer its operations to the attorney general’s office during the regular session that ended May 27. That’s where Perry should leave the matter.
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