August 3, 2015      12:14 PM
SB: Paxton situation presents the Texas GOP with an opportunity
Supreme Court Justices Don Willett and Eva Guzman along with Rep. Jason Villalba are now among those mentioned as potential successors to the AG who was hand-picked by Ted Cruz and Tim Dunn
that the worst-kept secret in Texas politics has been revealed and Attorney
General Ken Paxton has surrendered
to law enforcement because he’s been indicted on three felony fraud charges in the
Metroplex, much of the chatter in the Austin lobby is
focused on what Gov. Greg Abbott will
do if it turns out Paxton is unable to serve out his term.
already emerged as to why “God’s Lawyer” is facing persecution – er, a prosecution that is partially based on Paxton's own admission to state regulators last year that he violated securities law.
might argue it is premature to speculate about how Abbott might handle the
appointment of a successor to the Attorney
General hand-picked by Ted Cruz and
Tim Dunn. After all, the
indictment is closer to the beginning of due process than the end and does not
force his resignation.
believe us at Buzz Central when we tell you that some of those who
wish to step into the role have been working overtime behind the scenes to
jockey for position. And unlike Paxton, none of the names we have heard so far would
necessarily have the full-throated support of Sen. Cruz or Midland oilman Dunn’s Empower
Texans and allied organizations.
By Scott Braddock