Gohmert, one of the more far-right Republicans in the state’s Congressional delegation, will also face Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Representative of State Matt Krause for the Republican nomination next year.
It is sure to be a competitive and brutal election, with former President Donald Trump endorsing Paxton’s re-election last summer, even as the incumbent faces criminal fraud charges and a separate FBI corruption investigation. Trump bet on Paxton, who has solid MAGA credentials, on Bush – grandson and nephew of two former presidents, and the last remaining member of the political dynasty in public office. This decision was another sign of the antipathy of the former president for three generations of Bush.
A few Democrats are also vying for the role: former Galveston mayor Joe Jaworski, civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt and former ACLU lawyer Rochelle Garza. In response to news of a possible Gohmert run a few weeks ago, the Democratic Attorneys General Association said the primary “was turning into a Texas-sized embarrassment for the Republican Party,” according to the Texas Tribune. .
Gohmert, a Trump loyalist, filed a lawsuit asking then Vice President Mike Pence to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election. A federal court tossed the suit.
“Basically, indeed, the decision would be that you had to take to the streets and be as violent as Antifa and [Black Lives Matter]”Gohmert said in an interview with Newsmax after the decision.
Days later, a crowd of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, clashing with police in the halls of the Capitol. Gohmert condemned the violence that day, although he never linked his own rhetoric to the events of January 6.