May 24 Republican Runoff in Attorney General contest presents stark contrast in legal experience

Image: Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush acknowledged his supporters during the evening of Tuesday, March 1, 2022, when he came in a distant second place in the Republican Primary Election to incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton. Because Paxton didn’t receive fifty percent-plus-one of the votes, Bush barely made it into the May 24 Republican Runoff Election.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin, March 3 – With 42.85% and 22.60% of the total Republican Primary Election vote, respectively, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Land Commissioner George P. Bush find themselves squared off against each other in the May 24 Republican Runoff Election. Bush has already begun to run a dirty campaign as early as his celebration last night that he made the runoff, when he claimed Paxton “abused his office.”

Undoubtedly, it will be a nasty runoff election. Paxton’s opponents have used his pending legal proceedings against him in his past two re-elections. Paxton has many enemies, because he refuses to back down in the face of liberal opposition. Clearly, Paxton has gotten in the way of the Biden administration’s attempts to open America’s borders to illegal immigration in the many lawsuits Paxton has filed – and won – against the scofflaw presidential administration.

The contrast between Paxton and Bush as far as their legal background is quite stark. It’s important, because the official duties of the Attorney General of the State of Texas under the Texas Constitution include:

  • Serving as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government;
  • Issuing legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies, and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes;
  • Representing the State of Texas in litigation;
  • Defending the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas in state and federal courts; and
  • Approving public bond issues.

Paxton received a psychology degree in 1985 and a Master of Business Administration in 1986, both from Baylor University, where he was elected president of the student government.  Paxton then worked for two years as a management consultant before returning to school in 1988. In 1991, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia, usually ranked among the top ten law schools in the United States.

Paxton worked at Strasburger & Price, L.L.P., law firm from 1991 to 1995, and J.C. Penney Company, Inc. from 1995 to 2002, as a corporate counsel. His law license has remained in good standing since he became a licensed attorney in 1991.

Bush graduated from Rice University in 1998 with a 2.79 grade point average, a very poor C average. Bush flunked at least one course and received a D in another course. In order to try to boost his grade point average, Bush took college courses in Spanish, the language he often spoke at home when he grew up.

Bush’s record as an attorney licensed to practice law, however, is even more disturbing. Bush has actually engaged in the practice of law for less than five years when he was a young associate at a large Dallas law firm working for more experienced attorneys who had to supervise his every action.

Bush received his license to practice law on November 6, 2003, according to State Bar of Texas records The Golden Hammer newspaper has obtained. He worked for three years for the big law firm as a very junior associate. In 2007, Bush took his substantial family inheritance and began to invest in real estate.

As Bush was doing nothing even close to the practice of law, as he invested his inherited money, he decided to allow his law license become “inactive” on March 14, 2010, which meant he was not permitted to practice law under the State Bar Act.

On September 22, 2020, however, Bush suffered a major political setback in his career, when the Texas Historical Commission sided with the vast majority of Texans and denied Bush and the City of San Antonio the permit to move the Alamo Cenotaph to a different location.

At that point in September, 2020, Bush knew that his days as Texas Land Commissioner were numbered. It became clear, at that time, that Bush needed to seek some other political position or he would run into a brick wall in his ambitious political career. Therefore, Bush sought reinstatement of his law license eight (8) days later. Bush only became a lawyer again on October 1, 2020, so that he could then try to run against a far more experienced and accomplished attorney (Paxton) who serves Texans as their Attorney General.

Paxton is the lead attorney in the Office of the Attorney General supervising the work of hundreds of attorneys and becoming personally involved in hundreds of lawsuits against and for the State of Texas.

Bush has not been involved in civil or criminal litigation since 2007 and never had any responsibility as lead counsel in any litigation matters nor did he ever have a supervisory role with respect to the work of other attorneys.

 

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