After a story published in the New York Times earlier this week quoted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton as having said that he would not support Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election in the 2022’s primary, Paxon has since denied the statement.
The NYT piece titled The G.O.P. Won It All in Texas. Then It Turned on Itself., quotes the Attorney General as having said that “The way this typically works in a primary, is it’s kind of everybody running their own race. I don’t think he supports me; I don’t support him.”
“Fake news @nytimes strikes again!” tweeted Paxton following the article’s publication. “Let me be clear: I support @gregabbott_TX! He’s a great Governor and a Great Texan.”
A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also said the NYT took his remarks about Gov. Greg Abbott out of context.
Abbott is up for a third term in 2022 and may face challengers including Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Texas GOP Chairman Allen West. The governor has faced significant criticism from the right, particularly over his response to the coronavirus pandemic and the winter snow storm. Paxton and Abbott have clashed over these issues, though Paxton has repeatedly denied any plans to run against the two-term governor.