Houston attorney and fortuitously named Democrat Sam Houston announced Thursday his plans to make a statewide run at Attorney General, making him the first Democrat to officially toss his hat in the ring.
Houston, who received the most votes of any Democrat on the ballot in 2008 (3.5 million, 46%) when he ran for state Supreme Court, will be challenging three Republicans vying for the position, including state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman of Houston.
“I will make a formal announcement in the coming weeks,” Houston said in a press release. “Until then, I look forward to speaking with the people of Texas about our shared vision for the future of our great state.”
See here for more on Houston. I met Sam Houston back in 2008 and I think he’ll make a fine candidate. I hope one of the things he talks about is the obsession in recent years that AG Greg Abbott has had with “voter fraud”, which his would-be successors on the GOP side are eager to continue pursuing, which has cost taxpayers millions, has nothing to show for it other than some harassed citizens, and has come at the expense of other priorities. If he can raise some money, and I think he will be able to, this should be an interesting campaign. In the meantime, Kinky Friedman made his bid for Ag Commissioner official – we’ll see if anyone challenges him for that – and we’re still waiting on Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. The level of bullshit in the Lite Guv race is already toxic – we desperately need an antidote for it. Please say you’re in, Senator VdP, and please make it soon. PDiddie has more.