Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for Attorney General, today announced endorsements from political arms of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), huge endorsements which cement his position as the conservative candidate in the May 27th runoff. The McKinney Republican came within six points of winning outright in the March 4th primary and recent polling shows him with a solid double-digit lead.
In a letter to Paxton written by Tara Reilly Mica, the NRA-ILA State Liaison, she states, “On behalf of NRA’s Political Victory Fund and our members in the State of Texas, I am pleased to announce your A rating and endorsement in the Republican primary runoff election for the Office of Attorney General. Your rating and endorsement are based on your positive responses to our NRA-PVF candidate questionnaire and your strong record of support on issues of importance to gun owners and sportsmen in the Texas Legislature.”
Alice Tripp, Legislative Director of the TRSA-PAC stated in her letter of endorsement, “The Political Action Committee of the Texas State Rifle Association, the NRA state affiliate, and our 45,000 Texas members are pleased to endorse your candidacy for the office of Texas Attorney General. Your 100% voting record on Second Amendment issues in the Texas House and in the Texas Senate speaks for itself. TSRA-PAC urges all Texas gun owners to support a long time, proven friend, Ken Paxton, a candidate we can count on.”
Senator Paxton commented, “I am incredibly honored to have earned the NRA and TSRA endorsements and their recognizing my decade-long record of defending our right to keep and bear arms. As Attorney General, I will continue my proven, long-standing commitment to protecting our Second Amendment rights at every turn.”
The NRA and TSRA endorsements underscore the senator’s solid support among the
Texas conservative base so critical in the May 27th Republican runoff. In Texas, Senator Paxton is the only candidate endorsed by the Texas Right to Life PAC, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Eagle Forum PAC, Conservative Republicans of Texas, Young Conservatives of Texas, United Republicans of Harris County, The Link Letter, C Club, Houston Business Realty Coalition, Texas Conservative View PAC, Tarrant Republican Club, Tarrant County 9/12 Action PAC, DFW Conservative Voters PAC, Katy LiberTEA, Grassroots America – We The People PAC, Kingwood TEA Party, Montgomery Tea Party, Texas Republican Assembly, Texas Patriots PAC, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, and the Texas Home School Coalition. Senator Paxton has been endorsed by Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute*; Tim Lambert, President, Texas Home School Coalition*; Cathie Adams, President, Texas Eagle Forum*; Ann Hettinger, Former State Director of Concerned Women for America of Texas*; Jonathan Saenz, President, Texas Values*; Rick Green, Former Texas State Representative and Host of WallBuilders* Live; Carol Everett, Texas Pro-Life Leader; Founder and CEO of The Heidi Group*; Michelle Smith, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Texas*, Dr. Steve Hotze, President of Conservative Republicans of Texas; and David Barton, President of WallBuilders*. Senator Paxton has been endorsed by at least 76 current and former members of the State Republican Executive Committee. Nationally, Senator Paxton has earned the endorsement of Sen. Rick Santorum, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Penny Nance, President of Concerned Women for America* (CWA), FreedomWorks, and the Family Research Council Action PAC.
Paxton enjoys key support from Texas law enforcement community including endorsements from Texas Fraternal Order of Police, Harris County Chapter – Texas Fraternal Order of Police, Harris County Deputies Association, Houston Police Officers’ Union Political Action Committee, Harris County Deputies’ Organization, Collin County Deputies Association,
McKinney Police Association, and the Allen Police Association.
*organization listed for identification purposes only