Rick Perry’s legal team has an interesting new addition.
Mark Fabiani, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton who also handled communications for Al Gore’s presidential campaign, has joined the Texas Republican governor’s efforts to push back against allegations that he abused his power and unlawfully coerced a district attorney.
"I'm proud to join Gov. Perry's outstanding team which has been assembled to fight back against this attack on the rule of law," Fabiani said in a statement. "As we move forward to protect the Texas Constitution and the First Amendment rights of any governor, I am confident this prosecution will be revealed to be contrary to the law and wholly meritless."
Austin Republicans seem largely pleased with the move, despite Fabiani’s Democratic pedigree.
“Governor Perry knows his legacy and ambitions are both on trial,” said Tyler Norris, a Texas Republican consultant. “He is right to hire the best to push back against what many believe are politically motivated charges.”
The hire has also raised eyebrows.
[Fabiani] "has a reputation as kind of a political assassin,” said Glenn Smith, director of the Progress Texas PAC. “And I’m kind of surprised he’d go to work for Rick Perry. But, you know, money talks.”
Travis Considine, a spokesman for Texans for Rick Perry, said the governor’s legal team just filed legal documents seeking to bar Perry’s prosecution on multiple constitutional grounds. The prosecution – led by special prosecutor Mike McCrum — will have 30 days to respond.