In the open-seat race for Texas Attorney General, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility today announced the endorsement of Ken Paxton.

TFR’s president, Michael Quinn Sullivan, said that the organization carefully considered the changing role of Attorney General in protecting the rights of Texans against assaults from an over-reaching federal government.

“An effective Attorney General must wade through an immense amount of federally created red tape, ascertain the attacks on state sovereignty, and discern what fights are the right ones, then prosecute them professionally and vigorously,” said Sullivan. “All the while, the AG has a myriad of responsibilities as the state’s chief law enforcement officer.”

As a member of the Texas legislature, Mr. Paxton has received top ratings on the TFR Fiscal Responsibility Index—both in his time in the House and the Senate.

Ken Paxton has demonstrated a consistent ability to sift through large volumes of information and recognize threats to sound fiscal stewardship and the preservation of liberty,” said TFR president Michael Quinn Sullivan.

“As a legislator, Ken Paxton has shown an unrelenting willingness to fight for conservatives principles, while maintaining the utmost professional demeanor. Those same qualities will serve us well as the state’s next attorney general.”

Sullivan said it was Ken Paxton’s consistent record as a champion for Texas’ taxpayers in the Legislature that set him apart from the other candidates.

About the other candidates:

  • Barry Smitherman has ably served the state in a variety of positions, elected and appointed. Most recently, he was elected in 2012 to serve on the state’s Railroad Commission after a stint on the Public Utilities Commission. Mr. Smitherman has developed a well-earned reputation as a well-spoken conservative unafraid to address the issues facing Texas.
  • Dan Branch is a moderate state representative, whose record in the legislature can be described as “mixed.” As one of House Speaker Joe Straus’ closest confidants in the Texas House, he has voted for legislation that undermines core constitutional principles. Meanwhile, he has refused to investigate corruption and financial malfeasance at the state’s universities despite being Straus’ appointed chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education. His contention that he would somehow fight for Texans, even while he refuses to investigate corruption in state government, is—in the words of Sullivan—”laughable and improbable.”