Perry was indicted on Friday for abuse of power. He is accused of vetoing funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s office after unsuccessfully seeking the resignation of District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Cruz called the indictment by the Travis County Grand Jury a politically motivated prosecution, and added that Perry has the right under the state constitution to veto legislation.
Cruz’s comments were contained in an email message to his supporters, which included a link to Perry’s old gubernatorial campaign site asking for messages of support.
The page does not include an appeal for campaign contributions. Perry is not a candidate for re-election as governor.
Although Cruz refers to Perry as “my friend” in the email, the two are not allies, historically. Perry supported Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the 2012 U.S. Senate primary that Cruz ultimately won. The two are also potential rivals for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
According to an average of opinion poll results maintained by Real Clear Politics, Cruz ranks fifth and Perry ranks sixth among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates. No clear favorite has emerged for the nomination. New Jersey Gov. Chris Chris Christie is first with an average poll result of 11.5 percent; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is second with 10.8 percent, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is third with 10.3 percent, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is fourth with 9.3 perent, Cruz has 8.8 percent, Perry has 8.3 percent, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has 7.5 percent, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has 5.3 percent, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania has 2.8 percent, and Gov. Bobby Jindal has 2.3 percent.