Merritt faces tough odds given that a Democrat hasn’t held the office of Texas attorney general in over two decades, or won statewide office since 1994.
팩스턴, who’s been in his role since
2015, is already facing a high-profile challenge on the right from Texas Land Commissioner 조지 P. 부시
, and former state Supreme Court justice Eva Guzman
Paxton is currently under indictment for securities fraud and, separately, facing an FBI investigation for abuse of office. He has denied the charges and allegations.
Merritt’s campaign announcement video points to Paxton’s legal troubles and highlights the attorney general’s lawsuit, which was dismissed by the Supreme Court, contesting the 2020 election results in four states that former President Donald Trump lost in November.
“He’s betrayed his oath. He’s been indicted by a grand jury, prosecuted people for showing up to the polls, and pledged his allegiance to Donald Trump,” Merritt says of Paxton in the video. “That’s the only person he’s picking up the phone for.”
“Not the people of Texas
, not the victims of violent crime or police brutality
. Not our neighbors who froze to death
,” 그는 말했다, 참조 February’s power outages during a winter storm
. “Not those who are simply trying to exercise their right to vote.
His announcement comes as Texas Democrats are hoping to block state Republicans’ push for restrictive new voting laws during this legislative special session. Merritt also accused Paxton and Texas Republicans of launching an “all-out assault on our voting rights and civil liberties.”
“This campaign is a response from the people of Texas,” 그는 덧붙였다.