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John Boehner
What Rick Perry did was extortion, not politics

Your editorial misses the point. ("Rick Perry indictment: Politicians' spats don't belong in courts," Editorial, Aug. 18) Texas Gov. Rick Perry threatened to veto funding for Travis County Dist. Atty. Rosemary Lehmberg's Public Integrity Unit unless she resigned. When she refused, Perry vetoed the funding. You say that since the governor of Texas has the right to veto spending, this dispute is a political one. Of course Perry has the right to veto spending. But when he turns the veto into a threat that could end up costing an employee her job, he's crossed the line into extortion. No one is questioning a governor's authority to veto bills. But when...

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