Felony indictment energizes Texas GOP behind Perry

August 24, 2014 - 10:05 AM
Forgotten Governor No More

FILE - In an Aug. 19, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, front right, is escorted away from the Blackwell Thurman Criminal Justice Center, in Austin, Texas. Just when Perry was feeling like governor non grata, a felony indictment accusing him of abusing his power has energized Texas conservatives, who claim it’s a politically motivated attack in an important election year. It’s also put the spotlight back on Perry, who is trying to rehabilitate his political image before leaving office in January and convince would-be 2016 Republican primary voters across America he’s worth a second look following an embarrassing White House bid three years ago. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Just when Rick Perry was feeling like governor non grata, a felony indictment accusing him of abusing his power has energized Texas conservatives.

The unified support against what the GOP claims is a political attack has returned the spotlight to the governor as he considers another White House run after he leaves office in January.

For months, the Texas GOP has largely been moving forward without Perry, and his legacy has rarely been mentioned on the campaign trail. But now, the likes of Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have rallied behind the governor,

Cornyn campaign manager Brendan Steinhauser says if Perry avoids conviction, he could benefit politically from the increased attention, especially from the far right.