Posted 6 months ago on Aug. 16, 2014, 5:11 p.m. EST by JackHall
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s political redemption tour hit a massive speed bump late Friday when he was indicted on two felony counts for abusing the powers of his office. The indictment also triggered a Texas-size partisan brawl over whether the charges were legitimate or politically motivated.
Perry (R) is the longest-serving governor in the history of the Lone Star State. The state’s constitution limits the powers of the governor, but longevity has its advantages. Over the past 14 years, Perry has been able to put his stamp on state government through the appointments process in ways that his predecessors, who served far shorter tenures, were never able to do.