Supporters of Gov. Rick Perry, expecting him to be booked on Tuesday afternoon, are planning to stage a rally at the Travis County Courthouse to demonstrate their solidarity with him as he fights two felony indictments.
Two Republican operatives confirmed a rally would take place at around 5 p.m. outside the courthouse. Sid Miller, the Republican nominee for agriculture commissioner, has said on his Facebook page that he’ll be there.
“It’s our understanding that the governor is going to be booked at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon,” said Todd Smith, a consultant for Miller. “I don’t know if any other statewides will be there, but Sid will be there.”
Perry’s office has not confirmed that the governor will be booked Tuesday — a process that generally involves a mugshot and fingerprinting. His lawyers have promised to inform the media about it ahead of time.
Perry's arraignment — when the charges are formally levied against him — is scheduled for Friday.
Another Republican official who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Texas Tribune that plans were being made to get supporters to the courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
“They’re organizing a rally at 5 p.m.,” the official said.
After word leaked about a pro-Perry rally, Democrats began mobilizing people to get to the courthouse to stage a counter-protest. They will call on the governor to pay his own legal bills instead of asking taxpayers to pick up the tab, according to a top Democratic operative.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/19/rally-perry-planned-courthouse/.