"I am here today because I believe in the rule of law and because I did the right thing.
I will enter the courthouse with my head held high, knowing the actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right.
If I had to do so, I would veto funding for the Public Integrity Unit again. I think any governor - Democrat or Republican - would expect this important unit, with jurisdiction over state officials, be led by someone who lives up to the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.
The facts are clear. Governors have the right to exercise veto authority, and my friend Rick Perry exercised his constitutional authority and stood up for responsible government when he vetoed funding for a Texas agency run by someone who pled guilty to DWI and served 45 days in jail. One only needs to see a few highlights from the video of District Attorney Lehmberg’s arrest – during which she spits at law enforcement and is restrained to see why she wasn't fit for her job as head of the Public Integrity Unit!