Former presidential GOP candidate Texas governor Rick Perry had vetoed the $7.3 million funding for the state's office for ethics. He contended it was because the head district attorney Rosemary Lehmberg had lost public confidence. She had pleaded guilty to drunk driving and spent time in jail. Afterwards she didn't resign from office. Long story short, Perry has hired a criminal lawyer to represent him as the backlash against this veto grows. Here is the coverage from Bloomberg.
The media have been presenting non-stop deconstruction of corruption in all fields, ranging from politics to Wall Street, at all levels. An official or unofficial watchdog for ethics is perceived as good. Anyone who pushes back against ethics is labeled bad. Yes, it's binary, with no white space in between. Perry seemed to assume he had white space to maneuver in.