U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert entered the Texas Attorney General Competition


Austin – US Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is running for Texas Attorney General, having entered the crowded Republican primary race for whistle after teasing the race earlier this month.

“Texas is officially running to become your next Attorney General and enforcing the rule of law,” Gohmert said in a tweet after announcing his campaign on conservative news outlet Newsmax on Monday.

When Gohmert entered the race, another Republican challenger came out: State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth. As previously reported, Krause said he is moving back to run for the Tarrant County District Attorney Through the WFAA Late Monday.

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File - This December 4, 2014 file photo shows Republican Matt Krause in Fort Worth, Texas.  In 2022, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is joining a crowded race against his longtime ally Kraus.  Kraus said on Thursday, September 16, 2021, that the revolution in Paxton's office raises questions about his ability to focus on work.  (Via Khampa Boufanh / Star-Telegram AP, file)

Two other Republicans are currently challenging Ken Paxton, who is seeking re-election for a third term: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

Gohmert, Bush and Guzman have all nullified Paxton’s legal problems in their campaigns, arguing that they have long been under the cloud of inappropriateness.

Paxton has been indicted since 2015 on securities fraud charges related to private business dealings and is the subject of a federal investigation into allegations by former officials within his agency that he used his office to help a friend and political contributor. Paxton has denied guilt in both cases.

Paxton has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, who has filed numerous lawsuits to protect administration policies while Trump is in office and frequently challenges President Joe Biden. Paxton filed an unsuccessful legal challenge to the election results in the four states where Biden won and spoke at a January 6 rally in Washington before the riot at the Capitol, urging Trump supporters to continue the fight.

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Gohmert, who was first elected to Congress in 2004, was a vocal supporter of Trump and defended the people who attacked the US Capitol during a speech in the US House earlier this year. He filed a lawsuit that failed to authorize Vice President Mike Pence to repeal the 2020 presidential election results.

On Nov. 9, Gohmert said he was considering quitting his position in Congress to run for Texas Attorney General, citing Paxton’s legal struggles as motivating factors. He said he will try to raise $ 1 million by November 19, and if successful, he will officially enter the race. Appearing on Newsmax, Gohmert said he had reached that limit.


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