AUSTIN – Today, Republican U.S. Congressmen Pete Olson and Bill Flores announced their endorsements of Dan Branch for Attorney General in the May 27th Republican Primary Runoff. Congressman Olson, who represents part of Houston, Pearland and Sugar Land, is a retired U.S. Navy officer and respected attorney who served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator and former Texas Attorney General John Cornyn. A successful businessman and member of the Congressional Hispanic Conference, Congressman Flores represents Waco, Bryan and College Station and serves on the House Budget, Natural Resources and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
Congressmen Olson and Flores join fellow Republican Congressman Ted Poe, a widely respected former judge and Harris County felony prosecutor from Houston, in endorsing Dan Branch for Attorney General.
“Recent events in the Republican runoff to choose our Attorney General nominee have been deeply disturbing,” Congressman Olson said. “Now that Sen. Ken Paxton has admitted to repeatedly breaking laws designed to protect Texans from being cheated by unscrupulous investment companies, it is clear we cannot have him as a nominee to be our state’s top law enforcement officer. Our next Attorney General must be beyond reproach in order to truly bring the fight to the Obama Administration and enforce the laws of our state. For this reason, I am offering my full support to Dan Branch and asking my fellow Republicans who believe in the rule of law to do so as well.”
Last week, the Texas State Securities Board found Paxton broke state securities law. Questions still remain about whether Paxton violated federal securities law, and disciplinary action that could be taken as a result of facts that indicate that Paxton violated Rule 1.08 of the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.
“Fighting an aggressive and abusive Obama Administration in federal court has become one of the most important jobs for our Texas Attorney General,” Congressman Flores said. “In order to do that effectively, our Attorney General needs to have all of the qualifications to practice in our federal courts, all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. Only one candidate in the Republican runoff is qualified to do that and that man is Dan Branch. Texans need Dan Branch defending our Constitution and the rights of hard working American families against Obama’s destructive Administration, and that is why I am endorsing Dan to be our next Attorney General.”
“Congressmen Olson and Flores fully understand that Texas needs an effective and trustworthy Attorney General to succeed Greg Abbott,” Dan Branch said. “I sincerely appreciate their endorsements and look forward working with them to serve our state as the next Texas Attorney General.”
Since news of Ken Paxton’s illegal conduct broke over two weeks ago, Paxton has consistently evaded the press and repeatedly avoided explaining his conduct to Texas voters. During the same period, respected law enforcement officials, dedicated grassroots leaders and conservative lawmakers have endorsed Dan Branch for Attorney General, including fellow Republican U.S. Congressman Ted Poe, District Attorneys Cheryl Lieck, B. J. Shepherd and Jay Johannes, Sheriffs Sal Rivera, Arnold Zwicke, Terry Bouchard, J. Dale Butler and Wade Turner, Williamson County Republican Leaders, and Chairman Tryon Lewis, Texas House chairman of the committee responsible for overseeing the Office of Attorney General.
In addition, Congressmen Olson and Flores join numerous Republican leaders, including Texas House Tea Party Caucus Chairman Allen Fletcher, a majority (54) of the Texas House Republican Caucus as well as former U.S. Attorney General and Texas Supreme Court Justice Al Gonzales, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips and a host of accomplished attorneys and law enforcement leaders who have previously endorsed Dan Branch for Attorney General.
- Ten former top legal advisers to Attorney General Greg Abbott;
- Thirteen attorneys that served as top legal and campaign advisers to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz;
- Four former Texas Supreme Court Justices, including former U.S. Attorney General Al Gonzales and former Chief Justice Tom Phillips;
- Seven active Republican District Attorneys who uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of citizens across Texas, including 2013 Texas Prosecutor of the Year David Weeks;
- Former Courts of Appeals Justices John Cayce and Kent Sullivan;
- Eight conservative former U.S. Supreme Court Judicial Clerks;
- Federalist Society leaders across Texas;
- Thirty-two active Republican Texas sheriffs who represent Texans from all regions of the state as well as former President of the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas and retired Smith County Sheriff J.B. Smith;
- Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC, representing over 3,700 law enforcement officers;
- Texas Municipal Police Association, representing over 20,000 law enforcement officers;
- Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, CLEAT, representing over 18,500 members across Texas;
- Texas Attorney General Peace Officers Association, representing peace officers who report to the Texas Attorney General;
- Dallas Police Association, representing over 4,000 law enforcement officers;
- San Antonio Police Officers Association, representing over 2,000 police officers and their families;
- Houston Police Retired Officers Association, representing over 1,600 retired police officers;
- Lubbock Professional Police Association, representing over 300 police officers and their families;
- A large majority (54) of the Texas House of Representatives Republican Caucus, including the Tea Party Caucus Chairman;
- Over 130 leaders and members of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, including immediate past President Carolyn Hodges;
- Numerous current and former State Republican Executive Committee members;
- Hispanic Republicans of Texas, representing over 100,000 Hispanic Republican voters;
- Over 30 Young Republican Federation leaders and grassroots activists across Texas, including the current Chairman Emeritus and immediate past President Mark C. Brown;
- Texas Association of Business BACPAC, representing over 4,000 small and large business enterprises;
- Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC, representing over 10,000 members;
- Texas Apartment Association PAC, representing over 10,000 members;
- North Texas newspapers, such as the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Waxahachie Daily Light, Midlothian Mirror and Ellis County Trading Post;
- East Texas and Southeast Texas newspapers, such as the Longview News-Journal, Lufkin News, Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, Beaumont Enterprise and Houston Chronicle;
- Central Texas newspapers, such as the Austin American-Statesman and Bryan-College Station Eagle;
- South Texas newspapers, such as the San Antonio Express-News;
- West Texas newspapers, such as the Amarillo Globe-News;
- Texas Medical Association TEXPAC, representing over 50,000 physicians, medical students and family members;
- Texas Hospital Association HOSPAC, representing over 369,000 healthcare professionals;
- Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC, representing over 3,500 active members;
- Texas Farm Bureau AGFUND, representing 580,000 member-families;
- Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association TSCRA PAC, representing over 16,400 ranching families, cattle producers and businesses;
- Texas Cattle Feeders Association BEEF-PAC, representing cattle feeders who annually supply more than 6.5 million fed cattle to the U.S. market; and
- Texas Forestry Association FORPAC, representing more than 3,000 members.