Tuesday, January 14, 2014
OFFICIAL ENDORSEMENT: Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Last summer, discussing a potential run for Texas Attorney General, a Texas Senator privately told us he would like to "slow down the process" for certifying local bond elections; today, Cahnman's Musings endorses Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General.
Local government debt is a threat to the Texas model of economic growth. Texas currently has the second highest local government debt in the country. Total local government debt outstanding (including interest) is nearly one-third of a TRILLION dollars (12,500 per person).
The Attorney General has authority to certify local bond elections as compliant with the Texas Election Code. We've learned first hand about the illegal bait-and-switch tactics local taxing entities use in pursuit of new debt. An Attorney General committed to reviewing bond issues with an eagle eye can dramatically curtail new debt.
In the event Ken Paxton wins, Cahnman's Musings encourages him to make an example out of one of these local taxing entities early in his term.
While local government debt is our primary issue, Ken Paxton's record is strong across the board. Ken Paxton helped co-sponsor the pro-life law the next Attorney General will have to defend in court. Ken Paxton has a longer record fighting progressive education schemes than any other candidate in this race. Ken Paxton will continue Greg Abbott's efforts against federal intrusion. Ken Paxton might not be perfect but he's, by far, the best candidate in this race.
The less said about Ken Paxton's opponents, the better; suffice to say that neither a Joe Straus lieutentant nor an election-year chameleon strike our fancy.
While Ted Cruz's praise isn't definitive, Cahnman's Musings shares the sentiment. Ken Paxton is a "conservative warrior" who will build upon Greg Abbott's legacy, especially concerning local government debt. Cahnman's Musings unequivocally endorses KEN PAXTON FOR TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL.