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    There is no law requiring that Texas officials resign from office because of a DWI. Gov. Perry decided to use the pressure of the budget to force her from office...which is illegal. The DA was elected by the citizens of Travis County Texas. They have the means to have her legally removed from office. It is not the governor's right to decide for the voters. There have been several elected Texas officials that were found guilty of DWI and other charges yet Perry did not feel compelled to interfere in any of those cases. This man also supported George W Bush who also had a DWI on his record. We are now supposed to believe he has taken this action because of concern for the ethics of the DA? I personally think she should have resigned but I also don't believe he had the right to try and force her out. Let the voters decide.
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    You are correct in that two wrongs do not make a right, let the voters decide, she should resign and allow her Chief Deputy to take control of the office pending a special election. If the voter registration is in favor of the Democrats then what is the problem, a new Democratic District Atty. will pick up where the investigation left off. Funding restored, investigation continues.
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    Johnnycee -- Wow...cognitive dissonance. FACT: If she resigns Rick Perry appoints her replacement. The voters do not decide. So who will that be? My guess another Perry crony that will squash all investigations against him and his cronies.

    Jared is trying to educate you on the facts, Johnnycee, and you refuse to be educated.
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    Wow, Cognitive dissonance, what makes you think I changed my mind on this, I feel she should resign and let the people decide at a special election, in the intrim her Chief Deputy should continue the probe or whatever investigations are taking place as the Acting District Atty. You claim that that this is not possible according to Texas rules of procedure, how is that anyway related to Cognitive Dissonance theories.
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    johnnycee Wrote: Wow, Cognitive dissonance, what makes you think I changed my mind on this, I feel she should resign and let the people decide at a special election, in the intrim her Chief Deputy should continue the probe or whatever investigations are taking place as the Acting District Atty. You claim that that this is not possible according to Texas rules of procedure, how is that anyway related to Cognitive Dissonance theories.
    Cognitive dissonance: the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.

    Both Schmidt and I have informed you that is not what would happen, yet you continue to say that her chief deputy would take over. That is not the Texas law, which I provided in a link on an earlier reply. I'll provide it for your viewing pleasure again...

    THE TEXAS CONSTITUTION :ARTICLE 5. JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT

    If she stepped down then Governor Perry would be able to appoint another DA that would be a rubber stamp for the Governor and would be in office until the next scheduled election. There's no such thing as an Acting DA in Texas and the state constitution does not stipulate that a special election would need to be held. I strongly suggest you read up on the facts before continuing to throw out easily debunked untruths.

    And once again--you have yet to directly address the two felonies Governor Perry has been charged with. You are about to set a new record for ad hominem logical fallacies.

    I also encourage you to read the article below. It explains the case and the process for replacing a DA in Texas if she resigned.

    http://www.texasobserver.org/everything-wanted-know-rick-perrys-new-scandal/
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    you didn't answer my question as to what makes you think that I hold opposing viewpoints, when I explained that the Chief deputy take over the investigations during the intrim and you made known the fact this is not possible because of Texas legislature Rules of Procedures would prevent that, I accept your fact of knowledge on that matter, however even with the appointment of a GOP District Atty, for whatever time is left on the term of the convicted DA's tenure, would there not be a sh#tstorm of problems and protests from the incumbent Democrats if this new appointee stalls or stops the current investigations. I would think the Democrats would welcome such an act so to gain seats in the Texas legislature, and possibly the Governor's mansion. Anyway my thoughts or opinions have not changed as per your claim of my having Cognitive Dissonance. The current DA is a criminal and should not be serving in a law Enforcement capacity and she should resign.
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    johnnycee Wrote: however even with the appointment of a GOP District Atty, for whatever time is left on the term of the convicted DA's tenure, would there not be a sh#tstorm of problems and protests from the incumbent Democrats if this new appointee stalls or stops the current investigations.
    Democrats are the minority in both the House and Senate and there is a Republiacn Governor. They can raise a shit storm all they want, but the media will eventually tire of it and the Republican DA that was not elected by the people would be able to continue on with his job of protecting the Governor and his cronies.

    johnnycee Wrote:The current DA is a criminal and should not be serving in a law Enforcement capacity and she should resign.
    Do you then call for every single public servant who has ever committed a crime to resign? Or just this one? If you only want this one to resign and not any others, then please explain your reasoning behind that. Why is she any different than all of the Republican individuals who have found themselves in legal trouble that you so eloquently stick up for on this site ad infinitum?

    Where are your resignation calls for current Republican politicians who were convicted of crimes? Should Senator Mike Crapo resign because he plead guilty to a DUI in 2013? Should Senator David Vitter have resigned after admitting to paying for sex? Should Don Young have been forced to resign after admitting to illegally spending over $60,000 in campaign funds? These are just a few current Federal politicians who have broken the law. Why aren't you calling for all of their heads? Can it be maybe because you are a lot more prone to give Republicans a pass whenever they break the law, but yet insist that every Democrat should automatically resign whenever they do? That is the literal definition of hypocrisy.

    There is this pesky ideal that we live by which is called the rule of law. These are the rules and regulations that all of us must follow. Governor Perry can not force Ms. Lehmberg to resign and he has now been charged with two felonies because he, according to a Grand Jury, broke the law by trying to force her out. You have not once spoken on this. You only continue to demean Ms. Lehmberg without once discussing Governor Perry's alleged felonious actions. I challenge you to actually address his actions head on instead of continuing to dodge them by blaming other people.
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    Just the ones who get convicted! What is there to speak about ,the grand jury has spoken and has decided that there is enough evidence of a crime to bring to trial the one they indicited, this is not a conviction but a prelude to a trial, now because of the other public officials you mentioned were convicted of crimes , yes they also should also resign, if the qualifications for elective office holders in Texas does allow for criminals to run and hold public office then there is no debate on here regardless of what our personal opinions are, however, if they are not allowed to run or hold office, then upon conviction, they should resign.
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    I would not be surprised if Rick Perry planned this whole indictment himself. It smells like a bad Hollywood publicity stunt. He's sold bumper stickers and T-shirts to bolster his campaign and gotten much public support. All of the grand jury is predominantly Republican. The Federal prosecutor was appointed by Bush. All the blame is aimed at the Democrats. How can he lose?
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    Don't be so sure of that

    http://www.salon.com/2014/09/03/rick_perry_might_go_away_for_a_long_long_time_w.../