In an event that looked more like a campaign rally than a booking (the governor's office called it a 'processing'), Gov. Rick Perry surrendered to be fingerprinted and booked this afternoon on two felony charges of misuse of his office," Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law," Perry declared to the overwhelmingly supportive crowd, many of him carrying signs reading 'Rick is Right.'
"I am here today because I did the right thing. I will enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing that the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right."
During his twenty minute booking, Perry and two of his lawyers could be seen inside the glassed in Sheriff's office laughing and patting each other on the back.
Perry, 64, is charged with abusing his authority by threatening to veto $7.5 million in state funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney's office, after D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg had been arrested in an embarassing DWI case.
Perry told supporters that he is facing charges because Democrats 'are trying to do in the courthouse what they failed to do at the ballot box.'
His arraignment, where he will enter a not guilty plea, is set for Friday.
Perry promised that he will continue doing the people's work, despite the 'distraction' of the criminal charges.
"If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit again," Perry declared to cheers from his supporters.
Republicans have already begun making the case about Lehmberg and not about Perry. T-shirts seen at today's event showed a picture of Leghberg in restraints and sticking her tongue out at a Sheriff's booking camera, with the caption "THE NEW FACE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.'