Bush should have won this race and would have if not for the plague of Trumpism. His opponent, Ken Paxton, easily the worst attorney general in America, has been under indictment and awaiting trial for securities fraud since 2015. He faces an unrelated FBI investigation into bribery. Several former aides accuse Paxton of abusing power by helping a real estate developer who hired a woman with whom Paxton was having an extramarital affair. Paxton denies any wrongdoing.
“This race isn’t about my last name,” Bush tweeted recently. “It’s about Ken Paxton’s crimes.”
But Paxton successfully turned the runoff into more of a referendum on the Bush family than his own misconduct by refusing to debate, declining interview requests and skipping forums where he’d face tough questions. Paxton’s secret weapon was his penchant for litigation against the Biden administration. (Paxton filed the lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 election results in four swing states. The Supreme Court threw it out.)
“Help me end the Bush Dynasty,” Paxton tweeted last week.
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