State Senator Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, accompanied Greg Abbott on a campaign swing through Wichita Falls yesterday, Saturday, Oct. 25. Paxton introduced Abbott before the gubernatorial candidate spoke to a large throng of Wichitans at Stanley’s Barbecue.
Paxton, who is in favor of defunding the controversial Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), introduced Abbott, saying, “Part of my inspiration for running for Attorney General is that guy (Greg Abbott) sitting right there. He’s done an amazing job. He’s stepped up. He gets up, goes to the office, sues the federal government and goes home. It sounds simple but he was the first person to step up and say we need to fight the intrusion of the federal government in our lives. The reality is when he first came into office those kinds of issues were not recognized as going on. When I was in school in Virginia I remember a student asked our professor why the Tenth Amendment, which deals with state’s rights isn’t invoked. The professor said the Tenth Amendment wasn’t relevant. I thought a lot about it. But at that time states were not asserting their rights under the Tenth Amendment. General Abbott has changed the course of history. Because now the 10th Amendment is relevant.”
Paxton’s remarks were interrupted by applause from the packed crowd at Stanley’s Barbecue. Paston then said, “I think it is arguable that Attorney General Abbott is the greatest attorney general in my lifetime and maybe in the history of the state of Texas because of the critical nature of the issues he’s had to deal with including the BLM, Voter ID and issue after issue.”
“There is no question we have a man who I think will be one of the great leaders in Texas history…..General Abbott,” Paxton further said.
On his website, Paxton says, “We must not give up the fight to repeal Obamacare. To implement that system in our state would crush the very people it purports to help. This includes the poor, the sick and the elderly.”
His statement has been echoed by many Wichitans who say their premiums and deductibles are higher now under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), than they were before.
Paxton, who is age 51, is along with his wife, a member of Stonebriar Community Church.
The state senator is a co-sponsor of the new Texas law which requires photo identification before a person may vote. He, along with Abbott, strongly believe in the need for the photo identification requirement.
In his speech following Paxton’s introduction, Abbott mentioned he had become aware of several cases of voter fraud in Texas elections. Abbott said he’d become aware of people voting twice and others casting votes for people who resided in cemeteries.
Paxton earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree from Baylor University in Waco. He later earned his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School. He and his wife Angela reside in McKinney, his hometown. They have four children.
He served as a member of the Texas House from 2003-2013 and has a private law practice in McKinney. He’s served in Senate from 2013 until the present.
Abbott predicted today that Paxton would be the “next great attorney general.”
Like Abbott, Paxton is Pro-Life. He said his wife was adopted and that allowed him to marry her and have four children. He said his wife’s experience inspired him to be Pro-Life.
Early voting in Wichita Falls may be done at Home Depot, Sikes Senter Mall and the Wichita County Courthouse through Oct. 31. General election day is Nov. 4.
Paxton could probably be expected to follow a philosophy similar to that of current Attorney General Greg Abbott were he to be elected to that position on Nov. 4.
During his introductory remarks of Abbott he thanked his friends Wichitans Reno Gustafson and Cliff (Henderson) for their help.
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