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GOP Strategist Matt Mackowiak Says Ken Paxton’s Legal Troubles Would Not Affect Texas Attorney General Race [AUDIO]


On the Monday edition of The Chad Hasty Show, Matt Mackowiak, GOP strategist and co-founder of, spoke with Chad Hasty about the latest state and national news.

Attorney General candidate Ken Paxton has been under a bit of fire after being fined for violating a state securities law. But Mackowiak said that the fine would not give Paxton a disadvantage in the AG race. He added that, despite Democratic threats, the authorities probably would not complete an investigate of Paxton within the next 4 months. He went on to add that the Democratic candidate San Houston would still have to raise upwards of 5 to 10 million in order to make the AG race in Texas competitive.

“Sam Houston has a good name, but that’s about it. He’s a lawyer in Houston, he’s not well known, he has run statewide once before for a judicial position, I think it was 2008. As I said, and I think I told Texas Tribune in their first story about this race, you’d need to raise probably 5 to 10 million dollars…for the Democrats to even kind make this thing competitive. And I just don’t see any evidence of them being on track to do anything like that.”

Mackowiak added that the big question for Democrats now is whether they should focus all their efforts on one Texas race, or spread their efforts out to other smaller races.

Mackowiak also spoke about the ongoing situation with University of Texas president Bill Powers. Powers was told over the weekend to resign from his presidency before Thursday, or he would be fired during the university’s Board of Regents meeting. Mackowiak said that so far, Powers has refused to resign, but is trying to negotiate a timetable for his exit from the university.

Matt Mackowiak appears every Monday at 9:35 during The Chad Hasty Show. You can also follow Mackowiak on Twitter: @MattMackowiak.

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