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Gohmert considering run for Texas AG

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) addresses reporters during a press conference on Monday, June 14, 2021 to discuss a new lawsuit regarding H.R. 73 which imposes fines for members who do not pass through magnetometers at the House Chamber doors
Greg Nash

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert (R) is considering a run for Texas attorney general. 

“I’m willing to run and be the most dedicated attorney general that Texas has ever had, but here’s the problem. I have no money to run such a race, and we are about three and a half months from that election,” Gohmert said at a press conference Tuesday. Due to technical difficulties with the live feed, a video of the remarks was posted Wednesday.

Gohmert said if he received $1 million in campaign contributions by Nov. 19 he knew he could “make this a winning race.” 

“If I have that money raised by Nov. 19, I am all in,” he said. 

The potential candidate was scheduled to make a “very important campaign kick-off announcement” in Tyler, Texas, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, according to The Texas Tribune

However, his campaign’s Twitter unsuccessfully attempted to start a live broadcast around noon and at the time it was unclear if the announcement happened, the Tribune reported.

website with a heading that reads “Louie Gohmert for Texas Attorney General” emerged around the same time Tuesday.

“This is exploratory, though the proper documents have been filed to seek donations,” the site read.

The site also says Gohmert “needs 100,000 citizens to send $100 each (or any other amount to get to $1,000,000) by November 19.” However, 100,000 donations of $100 would amount to $10 million, not $1 million.

Meanwhile, the Texas Ethics Commission said it had received a new campaign treasurer appointment from Gohmert, which would mark one of the first formal steps needed to run for state office, according to the newspaper.

Gohmert would be a late entry to a relatively crowded primary in an attempt to replace Republican incumbent Ken Paxton. 

Apart from Gohmert’s potential run, Paxton is set to compete against three others in the primary including Land Commissioner George P. Bush, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and state Rep. Matt Krause, the Tribune added.

The Hill has reached out to Gohmert for comment. 

Updated Wednesday at 11:12 a.m.

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