A new poll shows that even the Tea Party is embarrassed by the behavior and lawlessness of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
A whopping 63% of self-identified likely Republican voters and 53% of Tea Party voters believe Paxton should resign following his scandals including an indictment on multiple felonies.
I guess the GOP’s go to play of shooting the messenger and blaming the media is finally starting to sound like crying wolf to the grassroots. The Dallas Morning News reported that Paxton only received 7 emails of support after the news broke of his indictment. And it’s no wonder. The Texas GOP has whipped up their base in a paranoid frenzy over government corruption and they are starting to see the emperor wears no clothes.
It is one thing to point at Travis County liberals and try to cry foul in the name of politics, it worked recently for Rick Perry, but it is entirely different to smear the Texas Rangers and a grand jury from conservative Collin County who were involved in Paxton’s indictment. That hasn’t stopped the big money behind Paxton, that fears losing its expensive investment from trying. They now want you to believe that the culprits in this conspiracy are liberal…Republicans.
Like what we are seeing nationally with Donald Trump, the script is being flipped on the GOP establishment and they are at a loss. They can’t keep the same playbook, because attacking local grassroots Republicans just doesn’t yield the same effect as attacking Washington insiders and the Obama Administration.
It’s hard to believe so few people can pack so many scandals into one summer: Ken Paxton nearly swindled two young heirs out of their inheritance, when he was appointed to serve in their best interest. Who is willing to defend that? That’s not even a political calculation, it is an ethical one. When folks see that AG Ken Paxton was denying birth certificates to Texas children and death certificates to spouses, that’s a moral issue. When engaged citizens read that he was called in by a Judge for a contempt of court hearing, who would not call his character or at least his competence into question? What about when he approved Gov. Greg Abbott hiding information from the public about taxpayer subsidizes, and no bid contracts at the Governor’s mansion?
He has done enough in his official capacity to waste taxpayers money, but if he is forced to resign it will be over his personal greed. The 3 felony indictments on securities fraud could land him serious time, and there is already talk about who the Governor might select replace him. But Abbott himself has been very quiet lately, only suggesting he could not remember the last time he spoke to Paxton…Really? That’s your government folks, hard at not working.
The Beaumont Enterprise editorial board wrote that the AG should step aside and placed his integrity at the center of their claim:
Right now Paxton, who received a lot of tea party votes, looks like the poster boy for kind of public officials they oppose. Don’t forget that he hired some top aides before their jobs were posted or they even applied. Instead of crossing all the t’s and dotting all the i’s because he was the state’s top legal officer, he cut corners because it was easier.
I think the grassroots is recalling at least one famous Bushism…fool me once, shame on, shame on you…you fool me, can’t get fooled again.
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