David Kirkpatrick

October 10, 2009

Rick Perry hands Kay Bailey a loaded gun

Perry is frightened of something — either an investigation into the execution of Cameron Willingham, potentially an innocent man, or more likely he’s running scared of Kay Bailey Hutchison running against him in a primary fight for a new term as governor of Texas. This move gives Kay Bailey one more stick to beat him up with.

Good riddance to the worst governor Texas has seen in my lifetime. He’s one of the dimmer bulbs out there and has been a blight on Texas politics for far too long.

From the second link:

Last week, Perry announced he would not reappoint Chair Sam Bassett and two other members of the Texas Forensic Science Commission, which is looking into the probe that led to the execution of Cameron Willingham — despite strong evidence that he may have been innocent. The panel members terms had expired.

Perry himself, as governor, had signed off on the 2004 execution, leading critics to charge that the decision on Bassett — who had appeared to push for an aggressive inquiry into missteps in the original probe — was an attempt by the governor to short-circuit an effort that could have been politically damaging as he faces a tough re-election campaign.

Now, the Star-Telegram of Forth Worth reports that just weeks before Perry opted not to re-appoint Bassett, the chair of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, which recommends nominees to the panel, had written to Perry to urge him to reappoint Bassett, whose tenure was expiring.