Houston Chronicle offers GOP a bit of advice for possibly unseating Texas AG Ken Paxton
As the 2022 primary election approaches, many candidates from both sides of the political aisle are looking to unseat Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R).
From indictments dating back to 2015 to biased internally-conducted investigations, there are a number of reasons why potential candidates are lining up to challenge Paxton.
However, the Houston Chronicle "Enough is enough, Ken," Bush said at his own campaign kickoff back in June. "You've brought way too much scandal and too little integrity to this office. And as a career politician for 20 years, it's time for you to go."
Thr Houston Chronicle is challenging Republicans to take proactive steps to unseat the embattled politician. So what's the issue? The publication used Texas State Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth) as an example. Despite having lots of political ammunition to fuel campaign against Paxton, he continues to focus on the high road instead of telling voters why Texas needs a new attorney general.
"As your Attorney General, I will continue to fight to keep critical race theory out of our schools, protect Texas families from the crisis at our southern border, and stand proudly with our men and women in law enforcement," he said in a campaign announcement.
Dissecting Krause's speech, the publication noted:
"This would be a fine pitch, perhaps, in a typical Republican primary. Krause is a founding member of the Texas House's Freedom Caucus and had one of the most conservative voting records of any member during this year's regular legislative session, according to an annual ranking put out by political scientist Mark Jones of Rice University.
"But Paxton himself is a pretty far-right guy, who was endorsed by most of the Freedom Caucus types, including Krause, in his first bid for attorney general seven years ago. And more to the point, Paxton — the state's chief law enforcement officer — continues to face a plethora of legal problems."
In recent interviews Krause acknowledged Paxton's legal woes but instead of focusing on how problematic his issues are, the Republican candidate "instead suggested that these are a political liability rather than legitimate, troubling issues that should completely disqualify his candidacy."
But candidates like George P. Bush have taken the Houston Chronicle's approach making it clear that Paxton's past will be a strong focal point for his campaign.
Enough is enough, Ken," Bush said at his own campaign kickoff, in June. "You've brought way too much scandal and too little integrity to this office. And as a career politician for 20 years, it's time for you to go."
Since Paxton was barely re-elected last time, the publication believes he may not survive another run.
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