We recommend Eva Guzman for Texas Attorney General in the Republican Primary

Imagine that you are transported to a distant planet and it is election day there.

Curious about democracy in deep space, you study the races and the choices of the best law enforcement officials catch your eye.

Candidate A has 20 years of experience as a judge, including a decade in the High Court, she is highly respected and credible, and has an inspiring life story of rising from modest means to great success.

Candidate B has spent his entire term mired in scandal and a cloud of criminal allegations. He has been delaying his trial for seven years on three felony charges related to securities fraud, including a charge he previously admitted on paper. On top of that, seven of his own high-ranking employees have denounced law enforcement, alleging corruption and abuse of power resulting from favors for a campaign donor. His skills as a lawyer are clumsy, losing high-profile cases important to his political party and filing an absurd lawsuit to overturn a fair election that was thrown out by the highest court with the speed of a whiplash. Members of his own party asked him to resign. If that wasn’t enough, he was once caught on camera pocketing someone else’s expensive pen in a courthouse security line.

Still, it looks like Candidate B is the favorite to win.

You shake your head in disbelief, whispering, “What other planet could this guy be keeping his seat on?”

Answer: on planet Texas.

Candidate B, of course, is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 59, whose taint has shamed his party, his state, desecrated the principles of law and order dear to many Republicans. and led this editorial board long ago to call for his resignation. Since he refused, Republican voters should fire him.

Even those who can stomach allegations of foul play and an extramarital affair must be vexed by his incompetence in executing GOP priorities, including wasting millions on his unsuccessful snipe hunt for voter fraud and the botched handling of a contesting lawsuit. Obamacare that even Judge Clarence Thomas could disagree with.

Republicans cannot trust Paxton to uphold the laws of this state when he follows them himself. Recently, he adamantly refused to comply with Texas public information law when newspapers across the state solicited his cellphone communications while he was in Washington D.C. amid the riot in the January 6 at the Capitol.

Candidate A, meanwhile, is former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman, who promises to restore integrity to the attorney general’s office from day one. On the second day, she says she will reinstate qualified personnel who left the office after reporting Paxton to the FBI for alleged bribery and other criminal acts.

And on the third day? Well, it’s Texas. She vows to start suing the Biden administration for excess government power.

She had a solid reputation in Texas’ highest civil court, and in 2016, although she joined her colleagues in defending the rickety financial structure of Texas schools, she argued for reform in an opinion. concordantly, writing that “the insufficiencies of resources and performance persist in countless ways, and a dangerously large number of students risk falling even further behind.

Guzman, 61, grew up in Houston’s East End, the daughter of a welder and janitor who immigrated to this country legally.

Another top priority for Guzman is to revamp one of the AG’s main tasks: child support collection. Guzman is committed to defending Texas families and children, unborn children and the vulnerable, Texas veterans and workers, law enforcement and those demanding election integrity.

On border security, she suggests things that haven’t been tried, like suing the federal government to bring more magistrates to the border to process asylum cases.

These are solid conservative priorities that we think Republicans can trust him to execute with honor and class, virtues that not only impress ordinary Texans but also judges considering the GA’s arguments.

“I know how the judges think,” Guzman told us. “If a lawyer loses his credibility, what does that say about the arguments he brings?”

How Guzman can be an underdog in this race is mind-blowing.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, 45, a grandson and nephew of former presidents, rides the name-ID to far surpass Guzman. But he cannot compete in the qualifications. Guzman points out that he didn’t renew his Texas law degree until late 2020. Some of the outcry over Bush’s handling of the Alamo’s overhaul seems overblown; we don’t know what superhuman Texan could guard these sacred cats. Our primary concerns relate to his slow delivery of Hurricane Harvey funds and his agency’s outrageously unfair snub to Houston and Harris County in awarding the first round of long-awaited flood relief aid.

Of the more than $1 billion from Bush’s office dispersed, the most populous city and county in the state that suffered the most death and damage during Harvey did not receive a dime. The culprit appears to be a metric that actually penalized areas that had more people. Even more disturbing were Bush’s misleading excuses, at one point claiming that the feds had come up with the metric, which the feds disputed, saying Texas had “full responsibility and jurisdiction” over who received the metric. the money and how it was distributed.

After days of harsh, bipartisan criticism, Bush has pledged to give Harris County $750 million, but the whole ordeal doesn’t sit well with a candidate seeking a position that demands fairness and neutrality.

As for Louie Gohmert, we had hoped that the clownish, eight-term congressman’s late entry into the race was just a cleverly written submission for the satirical publication The Onion. Alas, he really does run, touting his time as a district judge in Smith County, a stint in a Texas appeals court, as well as his border hawkishness. But even Gohmert, who is 68 and admits some consider him the dumbest guy in Congress, seems wise when condemning Paxton: “He deserves his day in court, but Texans shouldn’t be punished for his acts,” he says in a campaign video. “I will restore the rule of law and believe me, I will be the woke mob’s worst nightmare.”

We would take that midnight any day on the one Paxton forged.

Fortunately, we don’t have to. Republicans who want to restore integrity, ethics and the rule of law to the Texas AG office have a stellar choice in Guzman.

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