Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has been embroiled in controversy as the top law enforcement officer his whole tenure as AG. Now Paxton has two other Republicans vying for his spot in the 2022 Primaries.
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and nephew to former President George W. Bush announced last week June 2, 2021 the he will be challenging current Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the 2022 Primaries. Commissioner Bush took office as Texas Land Commissioner in January 2015 and believes the is right for the top cop of Texas.
In an interview he stated, ““If you look at Biden’s executive orders, most of those orders deal with natural resources. So oil and gas, land management, farming and ranching issues, and who better to take on those cases than the Land Commissioner for the state?”
Bush also said, “We need an attorney general that’s focused on the job instead of trying to stay out of jail,” which he was alluding to Paxton’s ongoing legal issues. On July 28, 2015, a state grand jury indicted Paxton on three criminal charges. There were two counts of securities fraud and one count of failing to register with state securities regulators. This indictment is now coming up on six years and there has not been any court action. The latest legal woes for Paxton took place in October 2020 when seven of Paxton’s top aides published a letter to the director of human resources which accused Paxton of abuse of office, bribery, improper influence, and other crimes. The seven said they also provided information to law enforcement so Paxton could be investigated.
Now another Republican has decided to throw their hat in the ring as well. Eva Guzman announced Monday June 14, 2021 that she would be seeking to top cop job as well. It was a week prior that she stepped down from being a Texas Supreme Court Justice. Guzman was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court by then-Gov. Rick Perry in 2009 and was the as the first Hispanic female on the Texas High Court. The next year she ran for the full six-year term and winning and she ran again in 2016 also winning again. Her second term would have ended Dec. 31, 2022.
With her declaration as a primary candidate, it will certainly change the landscape for this election. Thus far the AG position has become the more popular state wide election for 2022. Former President Donald Trump has yet to endorse Paxton or Bush, and this now may complicate what he wants to do in terms of endorsements.