Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for re-election against challenger George P. Bush.
Even though Trump has been out of office since January, he remains the top figure in Republican politics and dominates the corporate media’s attention daily. His endorsements for current elections and the midterms coming up next year are highly sought after.
In a straw poll conducted earlier this month at CPAC in Dallas, Trump pulled 70 percent support among the attendees. Florida Governor was the second choice at CPAC, coming in with the help of 21 percent of those responding.
President Trump issued a statement on his website on July 26 to make his formal endorsement of Paxton. The statement provides:
“Attorney General Ken Paxton has been bravely on the front line in the fight for Texas, and America, against the vicious and very dangerous Radical Left Democrats and the foolish and unsuspecting RINOs that are destroying our Country. Ken is strong on Crime, Border Security, the Second Amendment, Election Integrity, and, above all, our Constitution. He loves our Military and our Vets. It is going to take a PATRIOT like Ken Paxton to advance America First policies in order to Make America Great Again. 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!”
Paxton later in the day tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s endorsement with the message, “Honored to receive the endorsement of President Donald J. Trump.”
Bush, the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, is currently serving as Texas Land Commissioner. His current Twitter profile includes a picture of himself with President Trump.
Bush is turning attention in the race early on toward the criminal indictment pending against Paxton for almost all of his term. He tweeted later on July 26, writing, “I’m running for Attorney General because Texans deserve integrity and honesty from the office of Texas’ top law enforcement official. Texans deserve a candidate without a laundry list of existing and potential criminal indictments.”
Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman is also running against Paxton and Bush in the GOP primary.