I couldn’t help but chuckle under my breath when I read the opening two sentences of a recent Dallas Morning News editorial.
The paper stated: There is little we can find to recommend Rochelle Garza for attorney general except that she is not Ken Paxton.
Frankly, that’s enough.
I suppose you could say the DMN was set to damn Garza with faint praise as it recommended her for election next week as Texas attorney general.
So, it did that with its editorial that spent most of its space condemning the lunacy that has accompanied Paxton’s two terms as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.
The Republican AG has been on the hot seat ever since he took the oath of office in January 2015.
A Collin County grand jury indicted Paxton in 2015 on a charge of securities fraud; he has yet to stand trial. Seven of his top deputies resigned and then blew the whistle contending that Paxton is guilty of felonious criminal conduct; the FBI is investigating the complaint. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced it was conducting an independent probe into the securities fraud matter; no decision has come down. Paxton has filed specious lawsuits contending that the 2020 presidential election was infected with widespread voter fraud; he has been laughed out of many courtrooms.
This guy wants another four years as attorney general, an office that requires its occupant to be squeaky clean. Paxton falls far short of that reasonable requirement.