To fully realize the negligence and timidity of Greg Abbott and other Texas Republicans failing to muster the courage to call on indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton to step down, just take a look at what is happening in Pennsylvania where a similar scandal is unfolding.
Cruz’s "good man" faces three felony counts for swindling Texans
Ted Cruz wants to be President and is among the ten Republicans who will take part in the first major GOP debate later this week. Cruz has built his reputation by lashing out at other politicians while presenting himself as someone willing to address an issue straight-on. So why is Cruz now refusing to talk about Ken Paxton, the indicted Texas Attorney General he backed and campaigned for last year?
A grand jury in Ken Paxton’s home base of Collin County has indicted him on three felony counts for securities fraud and other crimes. If convicted, Paxton could be sentenced to imprisonment in the state penitentiary. Commenting on the indictments, Lone Star Project Director Matt Angle said, "Texans deserve an AG who spends his time putting lawbreakers in jail rather than one desperately trying to avoid jail time himself."
Abbott’s failure to answer simple questions shows passive aggressive nature
Going back at least to former Governor Mark White and moving forward through Bill Clements, Ann Richards, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, Texans are used to red-blooded assertive "Alpha Governors" who have the confidence and natural leadership qualities to speak up and respond on key issues relevant to Texans.
Don’t let today’s headlines fool you, Paxton has always had a problem with ethics
Those just now hearing about criminal charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may not realize that concerns about Paxton's shady business dealings go back – way back. The recent announcement by special prosecutors that they will present evidence to a Collin County Grand Jury that Paxton engaged in first degree felony crimes is just the latest and most serious episode in his long history of shady business transactions and unethical activity.
Paxton-authorized statement contains virtually only falsehoods
It is not out of the ordinary for a public official to ask a staff spokesperson to give a statement on their behalf. However, the statement that Ken Paxton authorized and was delivered by spokesperson Anthony Holm last week was quite extraordinary. It didn’t just shade the truth, it obliterated it. Shamefully, Ken Paxton sent Holm to grossly misrepresent the legal actions already taken in his case and to launch a personal attack against the special prosecutors acting on the public’s behalf.
Don't say we didn’t warn you. Late yesterday, news broke that the Texas Rangers have compiled evidence that Attorney General Ken Paxton was deeply involved in securities law violations that rise to the level of a first degree felony. That is big trouble, and Ken Paxton knows it. That’s why his office released a statement attacking the prosecutors without a single substantive response to the charges against him.
AG exploits people of faith for advantage in GOP primary
No one should be surprised that Ken Paxton, our state’s highest ranking law enforcement official, has issued an official advisory opinion encouraging local elected officials to violate the law by refusing to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. We certainly aren’t. Ken Paxton’s disrespect for the law has been apparent for some time.
Greg Abbott says he doesn’t know who he’ll ultimately endorse among the dozen or so candidates vying for the 2016 Republican nomination for President. Just a few months ago Abbott said: "It’s fair to say that I haven’t made any decisions yet." Several of the candidates who’ve already announced can lay claim to Abbott’s affection. Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum endorsed Abbott in 2014. Ted Cruz used to work for Abbott and calls him a "mentor." Abbott rode Rick Perry’s coattails to win election as Texas Attorney General three times.