Rep. Simpson says 2013 vote has 'nothing to do with Gov. Perry's indictment'
POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:58pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:26pm
Longview, Texas (KETK) — Representative David Simpson says claims he was one of the 'so-called Republicans that helped indict Governor Rick Perry' are false and ridiculous.
In May of 2013, Simpson and 17 other Republicans voted 'no' to amend a bill that would move the Public Integrity Unit from the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg--who was arrested in April 2013 for DWI-- to the office of the Attorney General.
When Governor Perry was indicted for vetoing funding to the Public Integrity Unit, media outlets reported by voting 'no' to move the office, Simpson and the others made Perry's indictment possible. Representative Simpson says. given the time frame, those claims don't make sense.
"The title of the article was called "Who Stood With Perry"..but that was ridiculous..because Perry had not been indicted, Perry had not vetoed The Travis County Public Integrity Unit's appropriation, we had not finished the session."
Simpson says the vote happened before Perry vetoed funding and he voted against it for one reason: moving the office would be unconstitutional.
"That's why I voted against it..you can't move an authority..given to the judicial branch..to the executive branch..without a constitutional amendment..and this was not that..Perry wasn't even an issue at the time we voted on this bill..and this amendment."