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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, October 12, 2009

I may get rid of my Governor.

I know people outside Texas probably don't care, but I can't hold it in. It's looking more and more like Teas Gov. Rick Perry knowingly acted to thwart the investigation into the execution of what's increasingly looking like an innocent man.

The latest is that the now dismissed head of the commission is talking about "pressure" he felt, and the Gov's office refusing to release potentially exculpatory documents they received as part of the last minute appeal for stay of execution.

It doesn't appear they've broken any laws, but Perry already isn't very popular in Texas, and is facing an already tough primary. On the downside, this will only force "secession"/anti-evolution Perry further into the arms of the crazies as he tries to survive the primary.

Also: Beyond the politics, there is the issue of the execution of a potentially innocent man. I'm kinda staying out of that because I don't know all the details, but if he was innocent and executed (and Gov. Perry is making that very hard to determine,) we also need to talk about that.


  • Is there really any political downside for a Texas governor to be overly eager to execute people? Usually the opposite is more true.

    I suspect most Texas voters do not really care if an innocent man gets put to death every now and then. The presumption is they're bad guys who deserve it, even if they did not commit the particular crime.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 11:34 AM  

  • Well, yes, and no. The thing here is that that the Governor ignored relevant evidence that could have prevented the execution.

    Broadly, you're right. In Texas, especially Republican primaries, pro-execution togh guy is good, but folks here also want it taken with the due seriousness, and that's kinda what's at stake here.

    Plus, Perry's attempts at coverup make him look like he knows he did something wrong, and that seriously affects perception.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:41 AM  

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