Gohmert Announces Run for Texas Attorney General – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth






U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler) will run for the Republican nomination for Texas Attorney General, he announced Monday night.
The East Texas lawmaker is the latest prominent Republican seeking to unseat his party’s incumbent in the wake of Paxton’s top deputies reporting him to the FBI last year for alleged corruption.
Gohmert announced his candidacy on Twitter Monday with a fundraising request that highlighted “the latest ethical, moral, and criminal allegations” against Paxton.
Also running in the Republican primary are Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush; ex-state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman; and state Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth.
Gohmert represents Texas’ 1st House district, which runs along part of the Texas-Louisiana border and includes Tyler, Longview, Lufkin and Nacogdoches.
Texas I am officially running to be your next Attorney General and will enforce the rule of law. https://t.co/KRusuw1XsM
Despite the federal investigation and long-standing legal problems, Paxton has remained competitive in his party’s primary and won former President Donald Trump’s endorsement. The attorney general, who mounted a legal challenge seeking to overturn Trump’s loss in the 2020 presidential election, has denied any wrongdoing.
Gohmert is also a strong Trump supporter. He said in a video posted to Twitter that he backs many of the cases brought by Paxton’s office but that if elected he “will not wait to be my busiest until after there’s some bad press about legal improprieties.”
Covering politics throughout the state of Texas.
Candidates running for the Democratic nomination include civil rights attorney Lee Merritt, former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and former ACLU lawyer Rochelle Garza.


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