Governor Perry has followed through with his blackmail threat to veto funding for the district attorney's Public Integrity Unit [“Perry's Veto Axe Comes Down
,” Newsdesk blog, June 17]. I believe this is a ploy by Perry to eventually transfer those investigative powers to a more Republican-friendly office. If the unit's cases are not pursued for the next two years, the 84th Legislature will transfer those powers to the attorney general, a statewide elected official who is usually a Republican. Perry would undoubtedly prefer to have those powers vested in the attorney general than in the lead prosecutor for the only county in Texas controlled by the political opposition. He seized on Lehmberg's mistake as his opportunity to lay the groundwork for such a change. Travis County must now provide funding to prevent those cases from falling by the wayside.