Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Wednesday evening his decision to run for attorney general against the high-profile Republican incumbent Ken Paxton.
“I am proud to announce I am a Republican candidate to be the next Texas attorney general,” Bush announced to his supporters in downtown Austin. He went on to attack Paxton, who is currently under indictment for securities fraud and is also facing a separate FBI investigation for abuse of office.
“We need an attorney general stacking up mug shots of hardened criminals, not an attorney general that’s stacking up mugshots of himself,” Bush stated. “Enough is enough, Ken. 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.”
Last week, former President Donald Trump said “I like them both very much,” and announced that he would issue an endorsement “in the not-so-distant future.”
George P. Bush is the son of former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush and the grandson of the late former President George H.W. Bush. In 2016, the attorney general challenger was the only prominent member of his famous political family to support Trump, and Trump has praised him as the only Bush “that got it right.” Bush has reportedly asked Trump for his endorsement and on Wednesday, highlighted his support of Trump as a key credential.
Paxton has also closely aligned himself with Trump and led an unsuccessful lawsuit challenging Trump’s reelection loss in four battleground states. His campaign spokesman Ian Prior responded to Bush’s announcement Wednesday by calling Paxton “the tip of the spear” in standing up for Trump’s policies.
“Texans know Attorney General Paxton’s rock-solid conservative record,” Prior said in a statement. “From defeating Joe Biden’s dangerous executive order halting deportations of illegal aliens, to his willingness to stand up for secure elections, Ken Paxton has been and will continue to be the tip of the spear in protecting President Trump’s America First principles.”
Yet Paxton has remained under indictment on securities fraud charges for most of the time since he took office in 2015 and has recently come under investigation by the FBI over allegations from former senior aides that he abused his office to help a wealthy donor. He has denied wrongdoing in both cases