This Time, Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton Proved that He Once Again Doesn’t Give a Damn About the State of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas — Today, a bombshell report from the Dallas Morning News showed that Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton pulled a Ted Cruz and also abandoned the state of Texas during the crisis that hit our state last week.
“Attorney General Ken Paxton left Texas for Utah during last week’s deep freeze to meet with his counterpart there.”
“Paxton’s campaign spokesman did not answer questions about when the attorney general left or returned. According to a spokesman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Paxton was in Utah by Wednesday afternoon because the two Republicans had a meeting that day.”
“On Wednesday morning, 2.7 million households were still without power, according to the state’s grid operator. By that evening, nearly 12 million people were experiencing disruptions in their water service due to frozen pipes and water treatment plants that went offline, according to the Texas Department on Environmental Quality.”
“He didn’t answer questions about whether Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, went with him and whether Paxton paid for the trip out of his own pocket or used state money.”
“Paxton and Cruz were not the only officeholders to leave the state during the deadly winter storm last week. State Rep. Gary Gates, R-Richmond, traveled to Florida on a private jet Wednesday.”
“At least 32 people died last week from hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire and other storm-related causes, according to The Washington Post.”
“Paxton is under FBI investigation for allegedly abusing his office to help a campaign donor, which he denies. He also has been under indictment for the past five years after being accused of defrauding investors in a North Texas technology company.”
On top of all of this, both Cruz and Paxton plan on leaving Texas again to go to Orlando, Florida this week to speak at CPAC.
Whether it’s fleeing their responsibilities like Greg Abbott or fleeing the state during a crisis like Ted Cruz and Ken Paxton, Texas Republicans are proving yet again that they couldn’t care less about Texans in need.
The question now becomes, who will be the next Texas Republican who the public finds fled the state last week?
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton joins Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz in either fleeing their responsibilities for Texans or fleeing the state entirely. This is a pattern. Texas Republicans do not give a damn about the people they were elected to represent, and they continue to focus on issues that don’t affect the lives of everyday Texans to gaslight them into thinking they are doing their jobs.
“Whether it’s using his public office to abuse power, wasting Texas taxpayer dollars with his frivolous lawsuits, or now, pulling a Ted Cruz and fleeing the state in our greatest time of need, Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is once again showing that he puts himself above the people he was elected to serve. He continues in a long line of Texas Republicans that have utterly failed Texans when we need it the most. This is a repeated pattern. We must elect Texas Democrats to restore competency and compassion to our state government.”