Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing charges of securities fraud and last week, news broke that he's being investigated for a land deal that may have been illegal.
Yesterday, the Houston Chronicle published an editorial calling on the embattled AG to resign.
Here's a short excerpt:
Like any other defendant, the state's chief legal and law-enforcement officer deserves the presumption of innocence. At the same time, the people of Texas deserve an agency head who can focus full-time on his duties. It's hard to see how an elected official fighting to avoid a long-term lease on a cell in Huntsville can run a major state agency responsible for representing the state of Texas in court, pursuing child-support payments and, yes, prosecuting white-collar crime of the sort he himself may have committed. It's also hard to see how his staff can enjoy going to work every morning when their boss is accused of violating the very laws they have sworn to uphold.
The Chronicle isn't alone. In August, the Austin American-Statesman published an editorial calling on Paxton to step down. That same month, when Paxton was re-indicted on securities fraud charges, The Dallas Morning News suggested the AG should at least delegate major decisions to his staff. The Corpus Christi Caller Times followed suit, publishing an editorial calling on Paxton to hand off his duties. The Longview News-Journal, also in August, called on Paxton to resign.
Paxton, a Tea Party darling, who even before winning election, admitted to failing to register as a securities investment adviser representative and paid a fine.
It's unlikely he'll pay attention to all those lying liberal media conglomerations working for President Barack "Not my President" Obama's administration.
And, after all, he's innocent until proven guilty. Still, it's hard to imagine he can represent Texas in his capacity as top lawman while the state investigates him on multiple criminal allegations.