After impeachment acquittal, Texas AG Ken Paxton is out for revenge

March 03, 2024

Most are new faces to the Republican Party, because Paxton, the legally embattled but popular statewide official, isn’t seeking to shore up his party’s incumbents: Paxton is out for revenge. Paxton was impeached on corruption charges by the Texas state House last May, with 60 votes coming from his own party, before the Texas state Senate acquitted him in September and restored him to office. It’s turning an already chaotic primary season in Texas into yet another battleground in the Republican Party’s internal wars. Perhaps Paxton’s top target heading into Tuesday is state House Speaker Dade Phelan, who oversaw the state attorney general’s impeachment effort. Here are a few of the candidates Paxton has endorsed in the March 5 primary:

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