U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul Endorses Dan Branch for Attorney General

AUSTIN – Today, Republican U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General in the May 27th Republican Primary Runoff. Congressman McCaul, who represents Texas’ 10th Congressional District, is the current Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Congressman McCaul’s endorsement follows former GOP Attorney General Candidate and current Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman’s endorsement of Dan Branch last Thursday, who announced his support of Branch after recent revelations of serious securities and ethics law violations by Ken Paxton. In addition, the Allen Police Association last week un-endorsed Paxton, citing the Texas State Securities Board’s Disciplinary Reprimand of Paxton on May 2nd and his repeated failure to adequately answer questions relating thereto. As a state Senator, Paxton represents the City of Allen and the Allen Police Association in the Texas Legislature.

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“As a former federal prosecutor and Deputy Attorney General of Texas, I believe elected officials must protect the public trust, not violate it,” Congressman Michael McCaul said. “I am endorsing Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General because Texans can count on Dan to enforce and uphold the laws of our state. With Dan Branch part of our party’s ticket this fall, I look forward to keeping Texas bright red from the Courthouse to the State House.”

“As the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Congressman McCaul has a deep respect for the rule of law,” Dan Branch said. “Michael is a conservative warrior and I am thankful for his endorsement and vote of confidence.”

Since recent revelations of serious securities and ethics law violations by Paxton surfaced, including the recent Texas State Securities Board’s fine and disciplinary reprimand of Ken Paxton, twenty-four Republican lawmakers and law enforcement leaders have endorsed Dan Branch for Attorney General, including U.S. Congressman and former felony prosecutor and judge Ted Poe, R-Houston, U.S. Congressman Pete Olson, R-Sugar Land, U.S. Congressman Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, Chairman of the Texas House committee responsible for overseeing the Office of Attorney General, eight Sheriffs and ten District Attorneys.

In his endorsement, Congressman Olson said,

“Recent events in the Republican runoff to choose our Attorney General nominee have been deeply disturbing. 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.”

In announcing his endorsement, Chairman Smitherman said,

Senator Paxton’s recent admission that he broke the law when he failed to register with the State Securities Board…is very troubling. As a result of his admission of guilt, Sen. Paxton was recently fined and reprimanded by the Securities Board for multiple violations of the Texas Securities Act. Remaining open is the question of whether he committed any violations of United States’ securities laws, which would be prosecuted by Eric Holder’s Dept. of Justice, during the years (2008 to 2012) when Mowery Capital Management was under federal rather than state jurisdiction.

Congressman McCaul joins leading Republicans, including Texas House Tea Party Caucus Chairman Allen Fletcher and the majority of Texas Republican House Caucus members as well as former United States Attorney General and Texas Supreme Court Justice Al Gonzales, former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips and scores of accomplished attorneys and law enforcement leaders throughout the state.

Attorneys:

• Recent GOP Attorney General Candidate and current Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman;
• Ten former top legal advisers to Attorney General Greg Abbott, including two former First Assistant Attorney Generals and a former Solicitor General;
• 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;

Law Enforcement:

• Thirty-five 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;

Grassroots:

• 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;

Business:

• 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;

Media:

• 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;

Health:

• 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;

Agriculture:

• 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 4,500 feed yards, feeders and cattle feed-related businesses; and
• Texas Forestry Association FORPAC, representing more than 3,000 members.

A lifelong Republican, Dan Branch has worked on behalf of numerous conservative causes, including serving as an adviser to George W. Bush’s presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, an attorney on the Florida recount legal team, a leader of the Reagan/Bush re-election effort in Texas and an aide to U.S. Senator John Tower.

As a top rated attorney with more than three decades of experience, Dan Branch has risen to the highest levels of the legal profession, serving as a judicial clerk and attorney for the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, practicing with some of the most respected lawyers in Texas, starting his own law firm and helping to build one of Texas’ largest law firms.

An accomplished lawmaker, Dan Branch has a proven record of fighting for Texas, getting results and making a difference. For the last decade, Dan has served in the Texas House of Representatives where he has helped balance six budgets, cut taxes and championed innovative reforms to protect life, defend the 2nd Amendment, reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve higher education. He successfully sponsored laws defending the religious liberties and property rights of Texans from an overreaching federal government and authored landmark constitutional amendments to reduce the size of Texas government and make state government more transparent.

As Attorney General, Dan Branch will stand up to an overreaching federal government, fight for open government and preserve limited government here in Texas.

Dan lives with his wife, Stacey, in Dallas and is the father of their five children.