Race for Texas Attorney General: George P. Bush leads runoff against Ken Paxton

HOUSTON (KTRK) — For Republican George P. Bush, this race is about both what he would do as Texas Attorney General and what he thinks incumbent Ken Paxton did to sully the office.

“This is truly a campaign of justice and spreading the message,” Bush told ABC13 of his runoff against Paxton. “We continue to reach out to Republicans who are spreading the message to eliminate corruption and arguably the most dangerous criminal we’ve had in Austin’s halls of power in a long time.”

Paxton, who is running for a third term, has conducted his campaign without appearances and without attending forums or debates.

He is charged with multiple securities crimes. He is under an FBI investigation into allegations of abuse of office and bribery, charges by former employees.

Although he was not convicted of a crime, his opponents on both left and right point to restoring the integrity of the office as a key motivator to replace him as attorney general. ABC13 has asked Paxton for an interview multiple times, but his campaign never responded.

“We will respect the constitution. We’re actually going to respect the law,” said Bush, the Texas Land Commissioner. “I will admit mistakes when they approach. I come humbly as a Christian, father, husband, but that’s the biggest difference between me and Ken, he’s unwilling to abide by the laws set forth by the state, by the United States Constitution.”

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Bush is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, nephew of former President and Texas Governor George W. Bush and grandson of former President George HW Bush.

While his top priority is securing the Texas border, Bush says he also stands up for Texas families.

“The Attorney General is the chief consumer advocate. And so there are ways that we can lower the cost of living for ordinary Texans,” Bush said.

Bush knows this is a fight but told ABC13 he was confident Texas Republicans would vote for him as their nominee.

Whoever wins will face the winner of the Democratic primary runoff between civil rights attorney Rochelle Garza and former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski. Garza finished first in the May 1 primary.

“It’s a much more conscious voter that will come out on May 24,” Jaworski said. “It gives us a great opportunity to communicate with people who are aware of the issues.”
Jaworski says the runoff is a new race and he hopes to motivate voters to vote this week and next Tuesday.

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“After thirty-one years as a lawyer and nearly a decade in public service,” Jaworski said, “I have what it takes to solve some of the problems and I’m ready to get down to business from day one.”

Among these problems he counts the southern border of the United States with Mexico. But the problem isn’t asylum seekers, as he says his Republican counterparts are leading voters to believe. It’s the cartels, he said, and his plan would work with the Fed to prosecute the cartel, use third-year law students to offer free help to legitimate asylum seekers, and special judges to clean up the backlog and pressure on the Southern states to decrease limit.

Rochelle Garza is a fifth-generation Texan from the Valley who wants to represent Texans in a way she doesn’t think is happening under incumbent Ken Paxton.

“I think people want qualified representation,” Garza said. “They want to see a woman, they want to see a Latina, get into office, and that’s reflected not only in the polls, but also in the first primaries in March. I will be on the lookout for Texas families and making sure they have access to health care and making sure workers are not being taken advantage of and that consumer rights are being strengthened.”

Both believe Roe V. Wade’s impending ouster will drive voters to the polls in what would otherwise be a very low turnout. Garza takes first place in the primary, but those votes don’t count unless the same voters show up again. Early voting closes on Friday, May 20th. Election day is Tuesday May 24th.

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