Wednesday, November 24, 2021

So-Called Dumbest Man in Congress Announces Bid for Texas Attorney General

Louie Gohmert, who is often derided as the dumbest man in Congress, has just announced he will run for Texas Attorney General in 2022.  That move will involve his challenging incumbent Ken Paxton who spearheaded the unsuccessful Supreme Court lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election. 

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
Paxton, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has been under indictment for securities fraud since 2015 and was accused in 2020 of bribery, abuse of office and other crimes by several high-level assistants in Paxton's office.  Paxton, like Gohmert, has repeatedly spread The Big Lie, without a scintilla of proof, that election fraud caused Trump's 2020 defeat at the hands of Joe Biden.  

Gohmert's announcement might create an opening for George P. Bush, Commissioner of the Texas Land Office. Earlier this year, George P., who is the son of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, desperately sought the endorsement of Trump in the Attorney General's race.  During his bid to gain Trump's approval, George P. made it clear that he was willing to cast aside his father to grovel at the feet of Trump.  The effort proved unsuccessful when Trump instead chose to endorse Paxton.  

There is another candidate in the GOP primary, Eva Guzman, the first Hispanic woman to serve on the Texas Supreme Court.  She was appointed in 2009 by former Texas Governor Rick Perry, then was elected in 2010 to the Court and re-elected in 2016.  Both election victories were by sizable margins.  Guzman's website features a long list of legal accomplishments, making her almost certainly the most qualified candidate in the race.  Notably though Guzman's website omits any reference to Donald Trump.

If either Paxton or Gohmert wins the nomination, that would create an opening for the Democrats to win the Texas Attorney General's race.  That though assumes 2022 will be an ordinary election year.  Right now 2022 seems like it will heavily favor Republicans which should be enough to lift flawed candidates like Paxton and Gohmert to victory.

NOTE:  After writing this, I  learned that Matt Krause, a Texas state representative and a member of that chamber's Freedom Caucus, is also for the GOP nomination for Texas Attorney General.

OOP's short takes:

  • I have written previously about the bogus "matching" emails sent out by the Trump campaign.  Basically the Trump email claims that any donations will be matched by 4 to 5 times the amount.  Due to financial contribution limits on political donations, the matching claim is a lie. There is no matching going on.   The FEC has noted the dishonesty of the practice, but refuses to take action to stop it.  Yesterday, I received a Trump email saying that any donation will be matched 10 times the amount.  Since the FEC won't do anything about this fraudulent fundraising practice, it's time for state attorneys general to step in.   While the Trump folks didn't start the bogus matching political fundraising scam, they has taken it to new levels.  If there is no crackdown on this practice, it's going to spread to other campaigns.
  • After his acquittal, Wisconsin shooter Kyle Rittenhouse met with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago.  Unlike some, I'm not terribly offended by the Rittenhouse verdict.  It was evident that the prosecutors overcharged Rittenhouse.   But just because someone is found not guilty, doesn't mean what that person did was right.  Rittenhouse was an idiot to wade into that situation with a gun he was not legally allowed to possess.  To see him celebrated by some on the right is sad.  Adults are exploiting Rittenhouse for their own purposes.   We can only hope that he doesn't end up warped young man as a result.  I know he's 18, and an adult now, but where are his parents?

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