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Next stop is the TX Senate, they need 2/3 majority.
That's crazy! Do you think they can get 2/3 in the senate? He needs 11 out of the 19 Republican senate members to support him
I was absolutely enraged to learn my TX Rep voted to impeach Paxton. Here's how I am fighting back. I'm going to every gun range in my district, putting up a poster on the gate of my truck with his face on a bud light can, explaining that Paxton was the only AG to stand up to the 2020 stolen election, and by impeaching him they are stealing 2024.
In some more unfortunate Red-on-Red news, the Texas Legislature recently turbo-impeached the state’s MAGA Attorney General Ken Paxton. Mr. Paxton has been openly and actively champion in the anti-mandate movement, as well central in fighting for election integrity in the state. The Lone Star state is rapidly sliding into the purple, with Soros prosecutors popping up all over the state including in its largest counties.
Many have asked me to explain what’s going on there. It’s not straightforward.
One popular theory is that RINO House Republicans initiated the impeachment to stop Paxton from calling out election fraud and complaining about the 2020 elections. In late April, about a month prior to his impeachment, Paxton gave a Heritage Foundation talk explaining how he tried to help President Trump prevent losing Texas, and really the country, because of mail-in balloting.
Listen for yourself. Paxton explained how mail-in balloting allows cheating, his strategy to fight it, and called out the Soros prosecutors in Texas who refuse to prosecute voting fraud (10 min), and some people think that’s what got him in trouble...
Maybe. It’s true that Paxton has been under legal attack ever since he officially became an “election denier” after the 2020 election disaster. He’s allegedly being investigated by the FBI for the last two years for bribery, for example, for allegedly issuing some favorable rulings that helped a real estate developer named Nate Paul.
But there is no evidence that Nate Paul paid any money to AG Paxton. Paxton has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, and I could find no proof that he accepted any bribes from Paul. So it looks like the typical politically-motivated, two-tiered-justice-system nonsense that we are getting so very used to these days.
It’s not clear to me Paxton is being impeached for his elections comments. Why would House Republicans try to sabotage election reform? I get the “uniparty” theory, but the uniparty phenomenon seems least likely to show up in the State House of Representatives, where officeholders have to run again every two years and where they turn over the fastest. (Not all of them. Texas lacks term limits for House Representatives. Senfronia Thompson (D-141) has served 25 consecutive terms, for example. By contrast, Florida’s House reps are term-limited to only 8 years, or 4 two-year terms).
Instead, there’s another curious possibility: a grudge. Dade Phelan, Speaker of the Texas House, made the news a few weeks ago for appearing on the House floor, drunk as a Texas skunk, badly slurring his words, with everyone acting like it was normal. Maybe it is normal.
Anyway, loads of embarrassing “drunken Phelan” videos made the rounds last week. Here’s one example...
But last week on May 23rd, Attorney General Paxton sent an official letter calling for Phelan’s investigation, which was political dynamite, quite like the first artillery round launched by the troops at the Alamo.
On May 24th — one day after Paxton’s letter, and all in a single day — the Texas House of Representatives filed and then immediately voted to impeach Paxton on 20 articles of impeachment, alleging bribery, abuse of office, and obstruction of justice. This week the House managers are supervising Paxton’s impeachment trial in the Texas Senate, which began yesterday and is expected to last several weeks.
If Paxton is convicted by the Senate, he will be permanently removed from office.
The timing of the two events — Paxton’s letter and Phelan leading the impeachment effort — are too close together to ignore. It looks like Phelan started Paxton’s turbo impeachment in retaliation for Paxton asking for an ethics investigation. It is also possible that Paxton got word of a planned impeachment effort and struck first. Who knows.
Six of Paxton’s AG office staff have taken personal leaves of absence to help defend him. Meanwhile, under Texas law, Brent Webster took over for Paxton as interim Attorney General while Paxton is on involuntary leave pending the Senate trial’s outcome. According to the Houston Chronicle, Governor Abbott, a former AG himself, has been silent on the impeachment.
Paxton is the first statewide official to have been impeached in Texas since 1917. If he’s removed as Attorney General, it will be a historic first.
The bottom line is, the reason why the Republican Legislature in Texas is firing HIMARS at its own Attorney General is as clear as the mud constantly bogging down the heroes in Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove series. It remains to be seen whether AG Paxton will effect a last-minute escape in the Senate from House Republicans that appear more hostile than wild Comanches, or whether they’ll claim his scalp.
" https://www.coffeeandcovid.com/p/never-give-up-wednesday-may-31-2023?publication_id=463409&post_id=125040561&isFreemail=true "
"One popular theory is that RINO House Republicans initiated the impeachment to stop Paxton from calling out election fraud and complaining about the 2020 elections."
"Why would House Republicans try to sabotage election reform?"
"I get the "uniparty" theory, but the uniparty phenomenon seems least likely to show up in the State House of Representatives..."