Fresh off of his acquittal on all impeachment charges by the Texas Senate last month, Attorney General Ken Paxton is setting his sights on the upcoming primary election, endorsing a slate of challengers to Republican House members. 

In addition to endorsing candidates, Paxton also says he will be touring the state in support of these challengers to incumbents he says are “some of the most liberal Republican politicians in the nation.”

“Texas conservatives have seen their State House hijacked by liberal RINO Republicans for far too long. Texas should be a leading beacon for conservative policies. Instead, Texas has had to watch a liberal House Speaker and his loyalists kills hundreds of pieces of conservative legislation that would unleash untold economic growth and secure even more freedom,” said Paxton.

His first round of challenger endorsements include:

David Covey, who is challenging House Speaker Dade Phelan (Beaumont)

Wes Virdell, who is challenging State Rep. Andrew Murr (Junction) 

Andy Hopper, who is challenging State Rep. Lynn Stucky (Sanger)

Mike Olcott, who is challenging State Rep. Glenn Rogers (Graford)

John Perez, who is challenging State Rep. Mano DeAyala (Houston)

Matt Morgan, who is challenging State Rep. Jacey Jetton (Richmond)

Additionally, Paxton endorsed Brent Money in the open special election race for House District 2 which will take place on November 7. 

“I have had enough, and I know conservative voters have had enough. I’m making these endorsements to begin restoring a conservative majority in our state House. I look forward to campaigning with these candidates in the days ahead,” added Paxton. 

The Republican primary election will take place on March 5, 2024. 

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

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