Paxton’s Supreme Court Gambit for Trump Ridiculed
Insane. Irresponsible. Insignificant. A publicity stunt. Those are the opinions being put forth in reaction to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s filing of a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the presidential election results in four states that all helped make Joe Biden President-elect.
The Texas Republican Paxton, a Trump loyalist, petitioned the high court to issue a ruling that would allow him to disregard the will of voters in Michigan, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and have the court order each of their state legislatures decide who will be their electors to the Electoral College. Paxton’s gambit is based on the assumption that each of those bodies would name electors who favor Donald Trump.
No serious legal mind thinks the move has any chance of succeeding and the states being targeted couldn’t have been clearer in their views of the matter.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel called Paxton’s motion “a publicity stunt, not a serious legal pleading.” Nessel said, “The Michigan issues raised in this complaint have already been thoroughly litigated and roundly rejected in both state and federal courts. Mr. Paxton’s actions are beneath the dignity of the office of attorney general and the people of the great state of Texas.” She added that Paxton’s move was placing “loyalty to a person over loyalty to their country.”
Wisconsin’s Attorney General, Josh Kaul, was equally dismissive of Paxton. “I feel sorry for Texans that their tax dollars are being wasted on such a genuinely embarrassing lawsuit.”
Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs called the allegations in Paxton’s suit “false and irresponsible.”
Katie Byrd, a spokeswoman for Georgia’s Republican Attorney General Chris Carr, was even more succinct, saying that Paxton “is constitutionally, legally and factually wrong about Georgia.”
Attorney George Conway, appearing on CNN Tuesday evening, called Paxton’s filing “the most insane thing yet. The notion that the Supreme Court is going to have a litigation amongst where states are attacking each others’ rules for choosing electors is insane and they’re not going to do that at any time. For any member of the Supreme Court bar to be bringing this lawsuit is atrocious.”
Paxton, in case anyone has forgotten, was indicted five years ago on felony securities fraud charges, but the case still has not preceded to trial. He is accused of persuading investors to buy stock in a technology firm without disclosing that he would be compensated for it. He has maintained his innocence, but the case has been a negative cloud hanging over his tenure as Texas’s top law enforcement official.