Perry indictment exposes Texas' political divide

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas grand jury has indicted Republican Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts of abuse of power for making good on a veto threat.

The Republican and possible potential 2016 presidential candidate is dismissing the case as a political ploy. But Perry's opponents say it's just deserts.

The indictments for abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant came Friday.

Perry is accused of breaking the law when he carried out a promise to nix $7.5 million over two years for the public integrity unit run by the office of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

Lehmberg, a Democrat, was convicted of drunken driving, but refused Perry's calls to resign.

Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted since 1917.

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