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Rick Perry Deletes 'Dos Equis' Tweet Mocking Drunk DA

By    |   Monday, 01 Sep 2014 06:09 PM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry scrambled to delete a humorous photo post on his Twitter site which, in a takeoff on the "Most Interesting Man In The World" Dos Equis commercials, poked fun at Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who has obtained felony indictments against Perry.

Less than an hour after the controversial post, Perry posted another Tweet stating, "A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down." 

But, as is the norm in the social media universe, the controversial post has been re-tweeted far and wide:


Last month, a Travis County jury, in Austin, handed down two indictments against Perry for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant for cutting off funds to a corruption probe committee chaired by Lehmberg. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 99 years on the first charge and 10 on the second.

In April of last year, Lehmberg, 63, was arrested with an open bottle of vodka in her car and a blood alcohol level of 0.23, or three times the legal limit of 0.08. She was combative to police, telling them, 'I’m the district attorney. Get these cuffs off of me.' She pled guilty to DUI, was sentenced to 45 days in jail and served about half her sentence. 

Perry said Lehmberg had "lost the public's confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically" and vetoed $7.5 million funding for the Public Integrity Unit, hoping to pressure her into resigning, but Lehmberg struck back instead, empaneling a grand jury which indicted Perry.

Perry insists that the indictments are a political political power struggle, and said, "I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto. … Given that choice again, that is exactly what I would do," he said, ABC News reports.

Perry, a former presidential candidate and 2016 hopeful for the Republican nomination, even turned his arrest mugshot into a campaign plus, by selling $25 T-shirts on his campaign website with his mugshot on the back, and the legend, "Wanted, for securing the border and defeating Democrats," and a copy of Lehmberg's mugshot on the front, saying, "Wanted for driving while intoxicated and perversion of justice," according to the Washington Times. 

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry scrambled to delete a humorous photo post on his Twitter site which, in a takeoff on the "Most Interesting Man In The World" Dos Equis commercials, poked fun at Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who has obtained felony indictments against Perry.
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