Rick Perry Deletes Tweet Mocking District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg


Someone with access to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter account sent out an image on Sunday night mocking the figure at the center of the abuse-of-power accusations that led to an indictment against him.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, showed an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested on drunk driving charges in April 2013, and the following words:

"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 phrasing is a play on "The Most Interesting Man In The World" beer commercials, which have since become an Internet meme.

Lehmberg, who pleaded guilty in the case, did not indict Perry. He was indicted by a grand jury after an investigation by Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor appointed in the case.

Perry or someone acting on his behalf deleted the tweet, but it was preserved and retweeted by several others, including Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune:

Perry sent out a tweet saying the message had been unauthorized:

Perry is accused of abuse of power and coercion for allegedly attempting to use his veto power to pressure Lehmberg into resigning after the highly publicized arrest. He denies any wrongdoing.

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