Texas governors have wide discretion to veto legislation. But by publicly tying his veto of the unit's funding to his effort to push Lehmberg from office, Perry may have run afoul of state rules that prohibit coercion or bribery of public officials. Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) a liberal-leaning good government group, filed a complaint against Perry last June, and a special prosecutor was assigned to the case. "Threatening to take an official action against her office unless she voluntarily resigns is likely illegal," Craig McDonald, director of TPJ, said in a statement. "The governor overstepped his authority by sticking his nose in Travis County's business." Perry has retained a defense lawyer and stands by his veto, with his lawyer claiming that the decision was within the law.