Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) responded to the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), expressing skepticism over accusations that Perry abused the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption.
Bush shared his thoughts in a tweet Saturday:
The indictment of @GovernorPerry seems politically motivated and ridiculous. Major overreach and an encroachment on his veto authority.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) August 16, 2014
But Bush wasn't the only political figure who took issue with Perry's indictment. David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, called the indictment "pretty sketchy":
Unless he was demonstrably trying to scrap the ethics unit for other than his stated reason, Perry indictment seems pretty sketchy.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) August 16, 2014
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was one of the first to weigh in on Perry's situation, posting a statement to Facebook Saturday morning that said he is "proud to stand with Rick Perry" and calling the indictment "highly suspect."
Perry responded himself during a press conference Saturday, saying the indictment is an "abuse of power" and promising to fight the charges.