In a statement released Monday, former President Donald Trump officially announced his endorsement of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in his bid for re-election over fellow Republican George P. Bush.
“It is going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to advance America First policies in order to Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement Monday evening. “Ken has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term as Attorney General of Texas. He is a true Texan who will keep Texas safe—and will never let you down!”
The former President went on to describe Paxton as “strong on Crime, Border Security, the Second Amendment, Election Integrity and, above all, our Constitution.”
Texas Land Commissioner and fellow Republican George P. Bush had also been a hopeful contender. In June he revealed that he had asked the President for his endorsement and later told reporters that he “would love to have his support.” Though tensions have frequently arisen between the Bush family and Trump, George P. Bush supported Trump in both the 2016 and 2020 elections. Trump had said that he liked both candidates “very much” and promised to make an endorsement “in the not-so-distant future.”
Paxton, a staunch ally of Trump, has held the position since 2015 and last year spearheaded the lawsuit that challenged Trump’s reelection loss in four battleground states, though this was rejected by the Supreme Court. He has since filed multiple suits against the Biden administration. He is, however, currently under indictment for securities fraud and faces a separate FBI investigation for abuse of office. He has denied the charges in both instances. Both Bush and Eva Guzman, the former state Supreme Court justice who has also launched a primary bid against Paxton, have drawn attention to the incumbent’s legal troubles throughout their campaigns.
“I’m running for Attorney General because Texans deserve integrity and honesty from the office of Texas’ top law enforcement official,” Bush wrote on Twitter following Trump’s announcement. “Texans deserve a candidate without a laundry list of existing and potential criminal indictments.”