AUSTIN-- Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg posted a statement to her Facebook page following her DWI arrest. Lehmberg said she was truly sorry and hoped the community would forgive her mistake.
There was an outpouring of support to her statement. However, comments elsewhere on the web harshly criticized the district attorney for her DWI arrest Friday night. Some called for her resign, others have started a petition for her to be removed from office.
Criminal Defense Attorney Charles Baird ran against Lehmberg when she sought re-election in 2012.
"I was very very sad to hear about this, to learn about this, because although being political rivals I consider Rosemary a friend of mine," said Baird.
She won the Democratic primary and there wasn't a Republican challenger. Her term runs four years.
"On the question of whether or not she should resign, I think that's a very very personal question. I think it's something that she'll need to evaluate and determine if this is going to impact her effectiveness in this office," Baird said.
Baird says he has no plans, at this time, to run again for any elected office.
If Lehmberg were to resign, Governor Rick Perry would appoint her replacement.
Baird, a retired Travis County District Court Judge and former member of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, says the role of Travis County DA is particularly unique.
"It houses the Public Integrity Unit, which overseas the integrity of the process. Otherwise they obviously prosecute from time to time other elected officials," he said.