Why the Texas attorney general’s race intrigues one UTSA political science professor

The professor said he believes AG Ken Paxton has his hands full in a bid to retain his seat in the 2022 election.

SAN ANTONI – Texas attorney generals usually don’t go on to hold senior positions, but one local professor thinks it could be a race for a Democrat to break through in 2022.

Former President Donald Trump endorses AG Ken Paxton winning next year’s race, saying in a statement that Paxton is “strong on crime, border security, the Second Amendment, election integrity and, above all, our Constitution.”

John Taylor, professor of political science at UTSA and chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography, is watching the campaign closely.

‘It’s competitive. “Having a former state Supreme Court justice (Eva Guzman) and land commissioner (George B. Bush) jumping into this race tells you Paxton’s weakness,” Taylor said.

Taylor says Paxton’s felony indictment and the fact that he’s the subject of an FBI investigation make him vulnerable.

“He barely won re-election over a relatively unknown Democratic candidate,” he says.

Democratic contenders include Dallas-based civil rights attorney Lee Merritt and former Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworsky.

Merritt represents the family of Damian Daniels, the veteran who was shot and killed by Pixar County Representatives last year.

Between the two, Taylor thinks they can be quite a challenge.

“Given the legal problems that Paxton has in particular, and they continue to climb, Jaworsky could be that superhero candidate for the Democrats in 2022,” Taylor said.

Taylor reminds us that the position of the AG can directly influence many issues.

“It has a direct impact on everything from voting to health care to a variety of issues facing Texas,” Taylor said.

With more than a year left in the race, Taylor says it’s a reminder that a lot could change by November 2022.


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