DENTON—He may not be on the ballot, but with one week left until the primary election, Attorney General Ken Paxton is hitting the campaign trail for challengers to incumbent Republicans who voted to impeach him last year.

At a campaign stop for Andy Hopper—his third of the day—Paxton underscored the importance of replacing members, like State Rep. Lynn Stucky (R–Sanger), who have supported House Speaker Dade Phelan.

“If we don’t stop this, we’re going to lose our state. We’re going to have guys like Dade Phelan who are basically trading our state to the Democrats, because that guy is elected by the Democrats,” Paxton told the crowd. 

“By the way, Lynn Stucky doesn’t need you. His money does not come from this district. It comes from Texas for Lawsuit Reform. They are endorsing all of Dade’s minions because they control these members with their money,” he added. “They don’t represent you anymore, and we need to fix it now.”

Paxton told Texas Scorecard that he believes voters are figuring out what’s happening in Austin.

“I have a lot of confidence that the voters in Texas have figured out what’s going on in the Texas House, with its so-called Republican speaker who makes Democrats [committee] chairs and then does their bidding by not passing the legislation that we all care about like border security,” said Paxton.

When asked about President Donald Trump’s recent endorsement of challengers to Court of Criminal Appeals incumbents following their decision to strip his office of the authority to prosecute election fraud, Paxton said he was thrilled to see the former president lending his support. 

“I was really pleased with that. Obviously those are very important races, some of the most important races I’ve ever worked on, because if I can’t prosecute voter fraud, no one’s going to prosecute voter fraud. The DAs are controlled in the big cities by George Soros. So, the only person left to prosecute is the attorney general. It’s so important. I’m grateful that President Trump realized that,” said Paxton.

Paxton’s message to Texans? Go vote.

“Not only should you go vote, this is, I believe maybe the most important election in my lifetime. I know you hear that all the time. But literally, if we can’t take back the Texas House, we can’t take back the Court of Criminal Appeals, we’re going to lose this state in four to six years.”

Early voting is ongoing through Friday. Election day is March 5. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens