Someone with access to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter account sent out an image on Sunday night mocking the figure at the center of the abuse-of-power accusations that led to an indictment against him.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, showed an image of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested on drunk driving charges in April 2013, and the following words:
"I don't always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit... But when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas."
Lehmberg, who pleaded guilty in the case, did not indict Perry. He was indicted by a grand jury after an investigation by Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor appointed in the case.
Perry or someone acting on his behalf deleted the tweet, but it was preserved and retweeted by several others, including Evan Smith, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune:
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) September 1, 2014
Perry sent out a tweet saying the message had been unauthorized:
A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down.
— Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) September 1, 2014
Austin-based journalist Scott Braddock pointed out on Twitter a 2011 interview in which a Perry spokesperson said the governor had sole control over the Twitter account.
Perry is accused of abuse of power and coercion for allegedly attempting to use his veto power to pressure Lehmberg into resigning after the highly publicized arrest. He denies any wrongdoing.