July 23, 2013
Just hours after Texas Rep. Dan Branch announced his campaign for attorney general, his potential North Texas rival took a step closer to getting in the contest.
State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, said he’ll discuss his political future next week.
Here’s a statement he released minutes ago.
“Conservatives have shared with me their belief that Texas’ next Attorney General should be a committed conservative with a proven, decade-long record of standing firm for our principles. I would be honored to continue General Abbott’s legacy of fighting a federal government which poses a clear threat to our values, freedoms, and liberties. Based on strong encouragement from so many conservatives across Texas, next week I will make an official announcement of my future plans.”
Sounds like he’s in the race, which now includes Branch and Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman.
Paxton’s entry into the race would mean to titans from the Dallas area would be competing to replace Republican Greg Abbott as attorney general.
Branch made his campaign official today at SMU.