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08/16/2014 09:45 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2014

Ted Cruz: 'I Am Proud To Stand With Rick Perry'

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) showed his support for Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Saturday, hours after Perry was indicted for allegedly abusing the powers of his office.

"Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity – I am proud to stand with Rick Perry," Cruz said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Perry was charged with one count of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant, according to KVUE. In his statement, Cruz said the indictment "predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect."

The AP has more on Perry:

A special prosecutor spent months calling witnesses and presenting evidence that Perry broke the law when he promised publicly 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.

Though the Republican governor now faces two felony indictments, politics dominates the case. Lehmberg is based in Austin, which is heavily Democratic, in contrast to most of the rest of fiercely conservative Texas. The grand jury was comprised of Austin-area residents.

According to ABC, Perry could face up to 109 years of jail time if convicted.

Read Cruz's full statement below:

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