Two governors—Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York—are facing charges of corruption. Of the two, “it is the one who wasn’t indicted who might have committed the more troubling offense.” The New York Post,
“In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry was charged Friday with abuse of power — essentially, exercising his constitutional right to veto legislation.
“Perry had nixed funding for a county public-integrity unit after the local DA who heads it was busted for driving drunk (her blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the limit). The DA also abused the arresting officer.
“Perry refused to fund the unit unless the DA quit. Anyone who broke the law and harassed law-enforcement officials, he said, shouldn’t be enforcing the law — let alone investigating anyone else’s public integrity.
“Gov. Cuomo, by contrast, hasn’t been charged with anything…. according to numerous reports — Cuomo acted to protect himself and his allies by steering his own ethics panel away from potentially embarrassing investigations.”
Gov. Rick Perry promised to veto funding for a state public integrity unit headed by a drunk and belligerent district attorney. His veto earned him an indictment due to a complaint made by George Soros-funded group Texans for Public Justice, “which alleged that he broke some kind of law when he said he would veto funds to a proposed state ethics unit headed by Democratic district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg if she did not step down as its head.”
Here’s a local news outlet reporting on a DWI Lehmberg received last year:
Here’s Gov. Perry’s powerful response:
Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, running for Senate in Kentucky, released a statement asserting that the payments made for the 45-foot-long bus used for campaign purposes are within market rates. Politico,
“The response came after POLITICO reported Tuesday that a company owned by Grimes’ father purchased the bus and appeared to be renting it to her campaign at a discounted rate of roughly $456 per day. The report said that several bus companies quoted the costs of a similar bus at $1,500 to $2,000 per day, including fuel and driver costs… Officials released a September letter from Staley Coach & Sales of Madison, Tennessee, saying it would rent a similar bus for $150 to $175 per day…
“However, the person who signed the letter, Libby Staley, said in an interview Tuesday that the company only sells buses; it does not rent them. She said the firm provided the estimate based on its expertise in the industry but that it was difficult to settle on a figure because the model of Grimes’ campaign bus, a 2003 Prevost, is “obsolete.”
“The $150-$175 estimate also did not include driver or fuel costs, Staley said… Given the miles campaigns travel across their respective states and the high price of gas, companies that do not provide fuel costs would certainly provide lower estimates. The $456 per day that the Grimes campaign has paid for her bus rental appears to include her fuel costs…
“The issue is significant because federal campaign finance law prohibits campaigns from receiving goods and services beneath fair-market value from a corporation. If the bus rental is not of market value, it would be considered an illegal in-kind donation.”
President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron had two very different reactions to the gruesome murder if American journalist James Foley by ISIS. The National Review,
Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”
Over here: President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.
Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.
Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.