Texas’ GOP-led House of Representatives impeached state Attorney General Ken Paxton on Saturday on articles including bribery and abuse of public trust, a sudden, historic rebuke of a fellow Republican who rose to be a star of the conservative legal movement despite years of scandal and alleged crimes.
The vote triggers Paxton’s immediate suspension from office pending the outcome of a trial in the state Senate and empowers Republican Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint someone else as Texas’ top lawyer in the interim.
The vote constitutes an abrupt downfall for one of the GOP’s most prominent legal combatants, who in 2020 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn President Joe Biden’s electoral defeat of Donald Trump. It makes Paxton only the third sitting official in Texas’ nearly 200-year history to have been impeached.
I guess even GOP Texans have a limit as to how much crime they'll put up with. Of course, it's pretty evident with all the charges against him that Paxton would eventually be carted off to the pokey anyway. They gave him several years to do his conniving, bigotry, and stealing, so I doubt any of that had to do with this. What can I say? Bye-bye, Paxton Pie!
I know it isn't over yet. Either the State Senate or Governor Adolf Abbott can still save his ass and it wouldn't surprise me if one or the other did just that.