Elections 2022Rep. Louie Gohmert Considers Bid for Texas Attorney General

Rep. Louie Gohmert appears to be considering a bid for Texas Attorney General, contending the incumbent could lose to Democrats in the general election.
November 9, 2021
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A website for U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX-01) went live on Tuesday that said the East Texas congressman is pursuing an “exploratory” bid to join the Republican primary race for Texas Attorney General.

Like the other Republicans running for the position against the incumbent, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gohmert’s campaign expresses concern about the cloud of controversy that has covered the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), particularly since last year when several senior aides raised criminal allegations against Paxton.

“We need a Texas Attorney General whose top attorneys working for him have not found it necessary to send a letter to the FBI urging an investigation into corruption of their boss,” states the donation page to his campaign.

“This is not at all like Obama loyalists working in the Trump administration who worked to get rid of Republican President Trump. It is true that the current Texas Attorney General filed some popular Republican-favored lawsuits, especially in the last year AFTER the latest ethical, moral, and criminal allegations against him arose from his top staff.”

Gohmert’s campaign notes that if Paxton is the Republican nominee again and was to be “indicted after the primary, his name cannot be removed from the ballot” unless “diagnosed with a terminal condition” or if “he is nominated for another position.”

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Contending that Texas “cannot afford to have the Texas Attorney General be a Democrat and turn a blind eye to problems Democrats have created” — and suggesting urban areas in Texas could see “corruption or fraud” in the next presidential election — Gohmert’s campaign argues that Paxton poses a risk for Republicans.

“Also remember, the current Texas Attorney General won in the general election of 2018 with ONLY 50.6% of the vote, well before all of the current criminal allegations by his own staff attorneys,” the campaign states.

“Louie is willing to run to help save his beloved State of Texas but he HAS to have financial support,” states the website.

According to the campaign, he aims to raise $1 million by November 19 — about a week into the month-long candidate filing period that ends on December 13.

If Gohmert joins the race, he will be the fourth significant Republican challenger to Paxton, following Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, and state Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth).

The field of Democrats in the race also increased to three last week and includes former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, and former American Civil Liberties Union attorney Rochelle Garza.

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Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.