The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerryNew Energy secretary cancels Paris trip amid mass strikes against Macron proposal Mellman: The 'lane theory' is the wrong lane to be in Overnight Energy: Critics call EPA air guidance 'an industry dream' | New Energy secretary says Trump wants to boost coal | EPA looks to speed approval of disputed industry pollution permits MORE (R) on Friday shocked the political world and drew everything from tough defenses to calls for Perry to resign.

Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroPelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Hillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Minority lawmakers call out Google for hiring former Trump DHS official MORE (D-Texas), who is seen as a rising star and could run for governor himself someday, called on Perry to resign. 

 

Perry was indicted on two felony counts for allegedly abusing his veto power in an effort to force a Democratic prosecutor to resign. 

Perry vetoed money for the corruption unit under Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg after Lehmberg refused to resign following a drunk driving conviction last year. 

Perry is a prominent critic of President Obama who ran for president in 2012 and is considered to be eyeing another run. But David AxelrodDavid AxelrodGary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Tucker Carlson: Obama has not backed Biden because Michelle Obama could run David Axelrod: Biden 'Mr. Magooing his way' through Democratic primary MORE, a former Obama senior adviser, came to Perry's defense. 

 

Jim Messina, another former top Obama adviser, took the opposite tack, cheering the indictment.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who could face Perry in a Republican presidential primary, defended his home state's governor.

"Unfortunately, there has been a sad history of the Travis County District Attorney's Office engaging in politically-motivated prosecutions, and this latest indictment of the governor is extremely questionable," Cruz wrote on Facebook. "Rick Perry is a friend, he's a man of integrity – I am proud to stand with Rick Perry. The Texas Constitution gives the governor the power to veto legislation, and a criminal indictment predicated on the exercise of his constitutional authority is, on its face, highly suspect."