Texas AG candidates George P. Bush and Eva Guzman trade barbs on border wall finish


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With days to go before the contentious 2022 Republican primary for Texas Attorney General, opponents George P. Bush and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman are attacking each other’s commitment to the matter. border security.

Bush, who has been commissioner of the Texas General Land Office since 2015, ran a campaign ad this week claiming that Guzman, a Republican, “opposes George P. Bush’s plan to finish Trump’s wall, calling it a ploy “.

Guzman, the child of legal immigrants whose father was killed by an illegal immigrant, denied Bush’s claims, telling Fox News in an interview that she was “unequivocal” in her stance on the border wall. . She pointed to her policy plan, available “for months” on her website, which cites building the wall as a top priority.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman of Houston is sworn in by Texas Governor Rick Perry during ceremonies at the Texas Capitol.
(Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images)

“I mentioned securing the border in every speech and (Bush) was there for it,” Guzman said. “George, you can’t tell the truth. And we don’t need an attorney general who’s going to lie to Texans.”

Bush and Guzman are two of several GOP candidates for attorney general challenging Ken Paxton for reelection this year.

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Still, the attorney general’s office has no real authority to build the wall or provide funding — a fact Guzman acknowledged.

Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush speaks during the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Serviceman Tribute Luncheon at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center on Tuesday, August 22, 2019.

Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush speaks during the United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Serviceman Tribute Luncheon at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center on Tuesday, August 22, 2019.
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“It’s part of the attorney general’s plan, but at the end of the day, the attorney general is a lawyer and (Bush) has no experience doing the job of attorney general,” Guzman said.

In 2020, eight of Paxton’s top deputies accused him of bribery, abuse of power and other crimes while serving another supporter – an Austin real estate developer who employs a woman with whom the attorney general allegedly had an extramarital affair.

FILE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

FILE: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton speaks during the CPAC Conservative Political Action Conference held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.
(Brandon Bell)

The Attorney General has also spent most of his time in office under a separate indictment. He pleaded not guilty in 2015 to three counts of state title fraud, but has yet to stand trial.

The Bush campaign highlighted the commissioner’s lawsuit against President Biden for his “unconstitutional attempts to stop construction on Texas land and compel completion of the wall.”

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“Clearly, Guzman does not understand the importance or responsibility of the GA in holding the Biden administration accountable for its unconstitutional actions and creating the border crisis,” a Bush campaign spokesperson told Fox. News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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