Earlier this week, Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) made a surprise announcement.
Gohmert stated on Monday that he is now a candidate for Attorney General in Texas.
Paxton has always had the support of Donald Trump and Gohmert is a huge ally of Trump’s, so this took everyone in the party by surprise.
Do More, Stop Bush
When Gohmert threw his name into the hat, it seemed like he had a two-pronged reason for doing so.
First and foremost, Gohmert wants to make sure there is a name big enough to counter George P. Bush.
Bush was trying to court Trump’s endorsement for the office, but Trump still threw his support behind Paxton after meeting with him.
Even so, the Bush name still carries some weight in some parts of Texas, so there is a chance that Bush could get enough votes in a very crowded Texas primary.
Secondly, Gohmert believes that Paxton could have done significantly better on multiple fronts.
After announcing, he stated, “We have got to control our borders.
“There’s more that needs to be done.
“There’s more that the attorney general’s office could do.
“And so, that’s one of the issues that has concerned me greatly, including election integrity.
“I feel like our attorney general could — should have done more.”
Paxton comes with a lot of baggage, so Gohmert’s entry into this race could be the big name Texans need to look elsewhere.
There is a long string of controversies in Paxton’s closet, with the latest being Paxton possibly abusing his power to help donor Nate Paul.
Gohmert did raise more than $1 million only days after stating he was considering a run, so there does seem to be significant support for him in this race.
Paxton won 2018 over Justin Nelson with 50.6 percent, so he does not have much room for error here.
In such a crowded field, even though he is the incumbent, Gohmert could be the man to take him out in the primary.
Source: Fox News