"He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed."
There's one other point worth making coming out of the conversation that led us to speculate about a Ted Cruz/Dan Branch race for the U.S. Senate: For similar reasons, we think there's a good chance Jason Villalba will run for Attorney General against Ken Paxton.
The two races would feature similar politics. Like Dan Branch, Jason Villalba hails from the big money Dallas/Highland Park crowd. Like Ted Cruz, that same big money Dallas/Highland Park crowd loathes Ken Paxton.
Furthermore, when Paxton's legal troubles emerged last year, Team Straus' stenographers at Quorum "Report" openly speculated about Villalba replacing Paxton:
But believe me when I tell you that some of those who wish to step into the role have been working overtime behind the scenes to jockey for position.There's no way a rumor like that appears in Quorum "Report" unless it's something Team Straus is actively persuing.
For that reason, two names in the list of potential replacements for Paxton stand out: Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Rep. Jason Villalba.
Rep. Villalba’s name first surfaced this weekend as the indictment of Paxton became public knowledge. Some Texas Capitol insiders have said Villalba “is on the short list” for consideration. The sophomore lawmaker has made it a personal mission to make it clear to his fellow Latinos that they belong in the Party of Ronald Reagan. "Latinos are Republican. They just don't know it yet,” Reagan once said.
The whole farce of the Paxton prosecution stems from Team Straus'
Learn more about Jason Villalba here and here and here.
Bottom Line: At some point in the next year, Ken Paxton is going to beat these silly criminal charges. When that happens, Paxton will become politically bulletproof. At that point, Jason Villalba will be one of the few remaining people who fill the necessary preconditions to pursue this sort of campaign.