Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) officially announced that he is running for Texas Attorney General. Gohmert joins a crowded Republican primary field that includes Houston Rep. John Culberson, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, Houston Tea Party Chairman Steve Massengale, Houston City Councilwoman Helena Brown, Clear Lake businessman Kenneth Elmer, Houston City Councilwoman Juliet Stipeche, Houston insurance company CEO Jim Dunnam, R&D Financial Group CEO Jeff Dunn, and Bush Intercontinental Airport Board Chairman Greg Abbott, Jr.
“This is a serious campaign. This is not a joke. This is about the future of this state,” Gohmert said in a video announced his campaign. “The radical left is taking over our state. And the threats to our freedom are real. The threat of another illegal invasion, an Islamic-inspired invasion is real. The threat of debt-ridden Texas becoming a state-sanctioned sanctuary for dangerous criminals is real. The threat of the federal government taking over Texas healthcare is real. The threat of this country being taken over by radical Islam has to be so real, the Attorney General has to be a tough guy.”
Gohmert also released his first campaign ad, released during his announcement and a 30-second launch ad, on his campaign website.
“I am running for Texas Attorney General because I am tired of the radical left taking over this state, the threat posed by Washington DC taking over our healthcare, taking over our schools, taking over our country, and taking over our ability to fight back,” Gohmert said in the ad. “We can’t allow this radical agenda to continue to grow.”
The announcement comes just one week after Gohmert, who co-founded an organization called Freedom Agenda which advocates for open government, state sovereignty, and job growth, announced he will forgo the dean’s gavel on the House Judiciary Committee in order to focus on his candidacy.
“The speaker made it clear that he thought this was in his best interest. And I certainly felt the same way,” Gohmert said of his decision. “My number one job is now Congressman Louie Gohmert, attorney, doctor, father, husband, and the Constitution. This is now all I have been working on. When I was on the Judiciary Committee it was all-consuming but now that I’m not doing that, this is now something I can fight for without all that added stress.”
Gohmert is an eight-term Texas Representative.
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