Paxton told The Mirror that the federal government has become “more and more intrusive” to Texas, and that the state needs an Attorney General who “will stand up to” federal intrusion into state rights.
He said that in the last six years, Texas has become “more and more impacted” by federal agencies, and that the state needs an AG who will continue current Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s “fight to push back against the federal government and protect the state both politically and economically.”
Paxton also pledged to fight a federal attempt to prevent Texas from implementing the state’s voter identification law, and to contest the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to implement the Endangered Species Act in a way which he contends could adversely impact drilling, farming and other industries.
He also said he is the best qualified of the three candidates seeking the GOP nomination partly because he is the only one with a “track record” in the Texas Legislature as “a proven conservative,” and “that record has been consistent.” (Paxton, 50, of McKinney, has been in the Legislature 11 years, 10 in the House of Representatives and one in the Senate.)
He also cited his 22 years of legal experience as another reason he is best qualified. Paxton has practiced law since 1991, after graduating from the University of Virginia Law School.
Asked how he would handle the office’s enforcement of child support payments, Paxton said he would bring in personnel to streamline that process.
He said he hoped voters would pay attentnion to his race because the AG post has “become more and more important” in standing up to the federal government.
Hefner said Paxton received the endorsement of 220 persons in Smith County during his campaign tour in East Texas.
Paxton, 50, of McKinney, is opposed by Barry Smitherman and Dan Branch in the March 4 GOP primary. A spokesman for Smitherman recently told the Upshur County Republican Party’s Executive Committee that Texas Right to Life endorsed Smitherman, but Paxton said the group issued a “dual endorsement” of Smitherman and himself.
State Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) has endorsed Paxton, saying he supported the Tenth Amendment, and that he had a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association.