Perry removes tweet about Travis County DA

Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday night removed a tweet that had been sent from his account featuring a photograph of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg. Perry said the posting had been "unauthorized."

The tweet in question — which appears to have originated at The Patriot Post — is a composite photograph portraying the head of Lehmberg superimposed on an ad for Dos Equis beer with this caption added: "I don't always drive drunk at 3X the legal blood alcohol limit ... but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas."

The photo appeared on the Patriot Post website on August 22. It is unclear when the @GovernorPerry Twitter account posted the Lehmberg photo, but Perry tweeted "I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down" around 8:20 p.m. Sunday.

Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on August 15, alleging that he abused the powers of his office by threatening to veto $3.7 million in funding for the state's public integrity unit unless Lehmberg resigned. Lehmberg had earlier pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge.

The public integrity unit, which investigates public corruption, is part of the Travis County DA's office.

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WFAA media partner The Texas Tribune contributed to this report.


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