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Best Mugshot Ever?

Did Gov. Rick Perry just remake his political career in one photo?

Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted in a revenge scheme by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Gov. Perry had threatened, and then vetoed, funding for Lehmerg's "Public Integrity Unit" after she was arrested and convicted of drunk driving in 2013. At the time of her arrest, Lehmberg was three times over the legal limit.

Though Gov. Perry has not been arrested, he still had to go through the booking process. After some brief comments to wildly enthusiastic supporters outside the court house, exclaiming, "We will prevail," Gov. Perry proceed to take what many are calling the greatest mug shot in history.

As Amy Miller wrote at Legal Insurrection, the case against Gov. Perry has a small virtually no chance of being successful:

Democrats are losing yards at every turn, and it’s unclear whether or not they will be able to turn public opinion of the case against the state’s longest-serving governor. The law is on Governor Perry’s side, both with regards to his use of the veto power, and his attempted removal of town drunk Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg. Dems are banking on a judge and jury deciding that Governor Perry’s public demand that Lehmberg resign somehow trumps Perry’s plenary veto power as guaranteed in the Texas Constitution.

As for the larger political scene, just look at that picture. Rick Perry is back. And you can thank the Texas Democrats.

Tony Katz

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