Louie Gohmert announces bid for Texas Attorney General

Rep. Louie Gohmert will retire from Congress to run for Texas Attorney General, he announced Monday night.

The Texas Republican officially said he would run for office on Newsmax TV’s “Stinchfield” show.

Mr. Gohmert had said last week that he was considering a late participation in the packed primary race to oust Republican incumbent Ken Paxton. He warned this video message that Mr Paxton’s legal issues could hurt him and the Republican Party in November.

Sir. Paxton was indicted in 2015, not long after taking office, for charges of securities fraud that are still pending.

Recently, the FBI began investigating him over allegations by former deputies that he was using his office to help a wealthy donor.

He has denied having made mistakes in either case, while painting his primary enemies as ambitious politicians who do the Democrats’ bids and make it harder for the GOP to run the key office next year.

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