U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) announced he had formed an exploratory committee for a primary challenge of Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R). Gohmert said he needed to raise $1M in the next 10 days to enter the race for AG (Lean R). To put that in perspective, he has raised just over $1.5M for his congressional campaigns since 2017.
The announcement came hours after what appeared to be a fundraising website for the race began spreading on social media. The site, gohmert.net, was registered two days ago.
He becomes at least the fourth Republican to announce plans to challenge Paxton, joining Land Comm. George P. Bush (R), former Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman (R) and Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth). The fundraising website’s content suggests Gohmert’s campaign will focus on Paxton’s ongoing legal and ethical issues, charges that Paxton denies.
Gohmert was first elected in 2004. Should he run for AG, his decision to vacate CD1 (Safe R) would create a scramble among East Texas officeholders and candidates. Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) said he is “prayerfully considering our next steps as a family in light of” Gohmert’s announcement.
GOV (Likely R): Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) is “ready to share my plans,” according to a Facebook ad asking people to sign up for his mailing list.
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