The Drunken Democrat

Honestly … you have to watch these two videos to believe them. This woman is a DISTRICT ATTORNEY!

Dashcam video of roadside sobriety test [11:22]

Jail video from after her arrest [4:49]

April 12-13, 2013: On the night of her arrest (around midnight), Lehmberg’s blood alcohol (.23) was nearly three times the legal level. Her smug belligerence really makes me wonder what kind of dirt she has on which prominent Democrats, KWIM?

She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, fined $4,000 and lost her driver’s license.

In Texas, the district attorney is the county’s lead law enforcement officer, and the Travis County District Attorney has the additional responsibility of prosecuting public crimes under the Public Integrity Unit, leading to a loud outcry for Lehmberg’s resignation from lawmakers and public safety groups. She refused to resign.

The Texas Local Government Code, in Chapter 87, allows public officials like district attorneys to be removed from office for “incompetency, official misconduct, habitual drunkenness, or other causes defined by law.” The 1987 revision to the law added a single incidence of intoxication on or off duty as a potential cause for removal.

However, because Lehmberg is a Democrat, elected in Travis County, one of the most Democratic-heavy areas of the state, and Governor Rick Perry, a Republican, would be able to pick her replacement, other Democrats quickly rallied to her defense.

That’s Democrats for you.  Never mind that she’s a flaming alcoholic who is a menace to herself and society. She’s a DEMOCRAT!  Politics trumps public safety ever time.

Frustrated with Lehmberg’s refusal to resign and maintaining his position that someone who had committed her offenses was not fit for office, either as the district attorney or as head of the Public Integrity Unit, Perry then announced plans to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit unless Lehmberg resigned.

Texas law clearly grants the governor the power to veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit and many other agencies, but Democrats supporting Lehmberg howled and moved to punish the uppity governor by charging him with two felonies!

August 15, 2014: A grand jury indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges of abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony with potential punishments of five to 99 years in prison, and coercion of a public servant, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of two to 10 years.

No one quibbles that Perry had the right to veto the funding when the legislation crossed his desk. The case is about whether he abused his office when he threatened to veto in an attempt to get Lehmberg to step down.

The criminal investigation could mar Republican Perry’s political prospects as he mulls another run at the White House in 2016, which no doubt fueled the self-righteous fires of the Democrats For the Defense of Drunken District Attorneys who prosecuted him.

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7 responses to “The Drunken Democrat

  1. What do you do with a drunken lawyer,
    What do you do with a drunken lawyer,
    What do you do with a drunken lawyer,
    Early in the morning…

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  2. Pistol Pete

    They tried to do the same thing with Christie Kreme.They try to destroy anybody who they deem to be a threat.

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  3. Incitement of a successful Republican is the way the Democrats Party operates, since they have nothing to run on besides abortion. Woman was drunk and arguing with cops… Perry was right.

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  4. Ting

    She has to be out of her mind to have pursued Perry about this. Did she not know all this video would come out?

    I will say this much, though. We live one house away from a very busy corner right at the main entrance to a suburban University. It used to be that twice a year the local police would get a grant from the Feds to conduct a DUI checkpoint. It made for some entertaining peeping out the window late at night. The tow trucks made enough noise that we couldn’t sleep anyway until around 1:00 AM when they would close up shop. They seemed to get more driving without a license foreign people than DUI’s. The students who were underage could get busted for cough medicine because the blood alcohol content for under 21 is miniscule for arrest.

    But word would get out really quickly, what with cell phones and group texts, and people would find an alternate route. I even heard about people pulling into the Starbucks at the bottom of the hill and just waiting until they had left. These were people who had been out to dinner and did not think they were impaired, but you never know how that thing is going to go, depending on your size, etc. You automatically lose your license for a year here in VA, among other terrible things, so people are scared to even come close to that consequence.

    I used to say that I really thought it was a waste of manpower once most people had cell phones. You could just see over the years how their arrests and the traffic just dwindled. Those same cell phones allow us to report people who we see are driving erratically, and that appears to be what happened to this lady. Seems more efficient to me.

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    • chrissythehyphenated

      The videos were on television within a week of her arrest and were played for the grand jury that agreed to indict Perry.

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  5. chrissythehyphenated

    August 18, 2014: “By attempting to put him in prison, liberals have made the governor a martyr. He can now bid for the White House as a brave hero fighting the Left.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2552094/

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