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September 21, 2023      4:19 PM

HK: Parsing the Paxton Acquittal

There is a stench at the Capitol of a hostile takeover. The pushback is palpable at the moment, but the story is complicated and will not be resolved for another election or two

Yesterday’s ebullient tirades from returned Attorney General Ken Paxton all but announcing a primary challenge to Texas’ senior Senator John Cornyn formalized the now evident civil war inside the Texas GOP.

Dan Patrick’s anti-Dade Phelan tantrum after the “trial” kicked off an end of session non-Speaker Speaker’s race with multiple Republican House members vowing to move to vacate the chair upon convening for the upcoming special session.

And that is just the start of a new political realignment likely precipitated by senators making the choice they made.

Two attitudes seem to dominate the Capitol community today.

By Harvey Kronberg

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