Rick Perry’s legal team has an interesting new addition.

Mark Fabiani, former special counsel to President Bill Clinton who also handled communications for Al Gore’s presidential campaign, has joined the Texas Republican governor’s efforts to push back against allegations that he abused his power and unlawfully coerced a district attorney.

"I'm proud to join Gov. Perry's outstanding team which has been assembled to fight back against this attack on the rule of law," Fabiani said in a statement. "As we move forward to protect the Texas Constitution and the First Amendment rights of any governor, I am confident this prosecution will be revealed to be contrary to the law and wholly meritless."

Austin Republicans seem largely pleased with the move, despite Fabiani’s Democratic pedigree.

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