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Rep. Louie Gohmert announces he’s running for Texas AG

Gohmert, one of the most far-right Republicans in the state’s congressional delegation, will also be up against Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and state Rep. Matt Krause for the Republican nomination next year.

It’s sure to be a competitive, brutal election, with former President Donald Trump endorsing Paxton for reelection this past summer, even as the incumbent faces a criminal indictment on fraud charges and a separate FBI corruption investigation. Trump placed his bets on Paxton, who has strong MAGA credentials, over Bush — grandson and nephew of two former presidents, and the last remaining member of the political dynasty in public office. The move was yet another sign of the former president’s antipathy for three generations of Bushes.

A few Democrats are also battling it out for the role: former Galveston mayor Joe Jaworski, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and former ACLU lawyer Rochelle Garza. In response to the news of a potential Gohmert run a couple of weeks back, the Democratic Attorneys General Association said the primary was “turning into a Texas-sized embarrassment for the Republican Party,” according to the Texas Tribune


Gohmert, a Trump loyalist, filed a lawsuit asking then-Vice President Mike Pence to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. A federal court tossed the suit.

“Basically, in effect, the ruling would be better that you got to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and [Black Lives Matter],” Gohmert said in an interview with Newsmax after the ruling.

Days later, a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, clashing with police officers in the halls of the Capitol. Gohmert condemned the violence that day, though he never connected his own rhetoric to the events of Jan. 6.

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