U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert joins race against Attorney General Ken Paxton

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert joins race against Attorney General Ken Paxton

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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November 23, 2021

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) announced Monday that he is running for attorney general against the incumbent candidate Ken Paxton. Upon his announcement, he became the fourth primary opponent against Paxton, who secured former President Donald Trump‘s endorsement in July.

“Texas I am officially running to be your next Attorney General and will enforce the rule of law,” Gohmert tweeted after announcing his campaign on Newsmax in which he called “election integrity” a priority of his campaign and criticized Paxton, saying he only “started working harder” after the allegations by his former lieutenants. 

Gohmert’s comments referred to the considerable legal problems faced by the incumbent candidate, including a pending 2015 securities fraud indictment, an FBI investigation over claims of using his office to help a political donor. Gohmert warned that these allegations would cause Paxton to lose the general election.

Gohmert, who previously served as both a judge and lawyer in Texas, has served as a member of the House since 2005, a tenure that has seen the conservative Republican wade into a number of controversies. He is entering what is already a crowded race for the position of Attorney General. He joins fellow Republicans Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth. Following Gohmert’s announcement, however, Krause publicly stated his plan to support Gohmert and pulled out of the primary to instead run for Tarrant County district attorney. Additionally, at least three Democrats are running for the position.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at [email protected]
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