GOP lawmaker who downplayed January 6 insurrection wants to be the top law enforcement officer in Texas
Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman who downplayed the January 6 Capitol Hill insurrection, announced Monday that he's running for Texas attorney general, the state's top law enforcement official.
Gohmert vowed in a tweet announcing his bid to "enforce the rule of law" and said in a separate video announcement that he will prioritize election integrity.
Gohmert's entrance into the race means Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who has held the position since 2015 and is running for reelection, will face another high-profile challenge from a member of his party. Already, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman have announced bids in the race.
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