When they cannot win on merits in the public forum, the establishment resorts to malicious prosecution. The latest example of that are indictments handed down on Friday in Travis County against Gov. Rick Perry for a budget veto.

You read that right: the liberal District Attorney’s Office in Travis County (the bluest county in Texas) managed to convince a grand jury to indict a Republican governor for doing his job. The governor vetoed funding going to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office after demanding that the Travis County DA — Rosemary Lehmberg — resign.

Why did he do that? Because the Travis County DA was arrested for drunk driving, then she reacted so belligerently towards arresting officers she had to be physically restrained. All captured on video.

The Travis County DA oversees the prosecution of all state officials through its “public integrity unit,” which is subsidized by state taxpayers. Of course, voters in 253 of Texas’ 254 counties don’t get to vote on the Travis County DA.

In a letter sent today, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz defended Perry.

“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,” wrote Cruz. “Rick Perry is a friend, he’s a man of integrity – I am proud to stand with Rick Perry.”

Malicious prosecution by the liberals in Austin against conservatives is nothing new. They dragged Tom Delay through the mud for a decade, only to now be seeing those convictions overturned. Truth does win; it just sometimes takes a while. And can be very costly.

This isn’t just a Democrat thing. We’ve witnessed the malicious prosecution of Wallace Hall, the whistle-blowing UT regent by liberal House Speaker Joe Straus’ toadies (Republican Dan Flynn and Democrat Carol Alvarado).

And, of course, we have been under attack by those same establishment politicians who want to unconstitutionally silence conservatives and keep the people out of government. (By way of update, the Texas Ethics Commission on court confirmed on Friday that they hold secret meetings, and are making the claim the state’s Open Meetings Act doesn’t apply to them.)

Make no mistake: Gov. Rick Perry did nothing wrong. He has been indicted, and will now be prosecuted, for doing his job as governor. Whatever else one may think of Gov. Perry, he is being prosecuted for the “crime” of doing the right thing.

You do the right thing, and liberals will come gunning for you. Wear it like a badge of honor!

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."