Attorney General Ken Paxton Speaks at Reagan Day Dinner


Steve Jessup and Attorney General Ken Paxton
Steve Jessup and Attorney General Ken Paxton
By Mark Archibald - Corsicana Daily Sun
Local Republican candidates and elected officials met those who came to hear Attorney General Ken Paxton speak at the Corsicana Opry Monday February 5.

The annual Reagan Day Dinner was attended by approximately 100 people, according to Navarro County Republican Committee secretary Steve Jessup.


Shannon Dubberly, a candidate for the Sixth District Congressional seat, said he was excited to hear what the Attorney General had to say about Immigration and defending Texans.

Later, Dubberly, who is a Corsicana native, said "Ken Paxton hit the nail on the head tonight." "While knocking on doors in the Sixth District, I hear that people are tired of legislators not sticking up for themselves and letting judges make the rules," he said. "I want people to know that when they elect me, I will be a strong voice for them in Washington D.C."

State Senator Brian Birdwell made the rounds and talked with constituents.

"It's good to get out and discuss the issues important to people in the district," Birdwell said. "It's an honor to serve the people of District 22, and a pleasure to be here tonight with great people in Navarro County, and introduce them to my friend and former colleague Ken Paxton."

Paxton is seeking re-election to the Attorney General's post, and focused his remarks on law and order and the need for continued vigilance against liberal judges and federal overreach.

Paxton delighted the crowd reminding them that he filed 22 lawsuits against the Obama administration during the first two years he was in office.

Paxton also mentioned that his office successfully collected over $4 Billion in child support payments in 2016, providing the money for the people it was intended for, at a savings of over $1 Billion in taxpayer savings, factoring in public assistance costs.

He also touted the Attorney General's office commitment to ending human trafficking, arresting the CEO of backpage.com, the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the United States.

"Our job in the Attorney General's office is to defend the law and the separation of powers," Paxton said.

The Attorney General's Office provides opinions, and defends the state of Texas government agencies and the people during litigation.

"Sometimes the Attorney General's office and our employees have to defend one side against the others," he said. "When that happens, we partition our office."

There are 15,000 cases ongoing and more than 4,000 employees that work under Paxton's leadership.

Paxton will face Democratic candidate Justin Nelson in the General Election. Nelson, who lives in Austin, is a civil rights attorney who previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.

Billy Elias sings, bringing audience to their feet
Billy Elias sings, bringing audience to their feet
County Chair Chris Baldwin welcomes the large crowd.
County Chair Chris Baldwin welcomes the large crowd.
State Senator SD22 Brian Birdwell introduces the AG.
State Senator SD22 Brian Birdwell introduces the AG.
Attorney General Paxton committed to ending human trafficking.
Attorney General Paxton committed to ending human trafficking.
State Senator Brian Birdwell and Attorney General Ken Paxton
State Senator Brian Birdwell and Attorney General Ken Paxton
 

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