With the race for Texas attorney general heating up, Eva Guzman’s campaign has just released a big announcement. On Tuesday, Guzman rolled out the endorsements of 10 former Texas Supreme Court Justices who are endorsing her campaign for attorney general.
“I’m proud to announce the endorsement of 10 former Texas Supreme Court Justices,” said Guzman. “All appointed by Republican governors, or who won election as Republicans, these former justices know the complex and important work of defending the rule of law and our state and national constitutions.”
The lists, all of whom are Republican appointees, includes two former chief justices. It also encompasses judges from across the ideological spectrum of the GOP: from very conservative justices to moderates. Current judges are prohibited from making political endorsements by the Judicial Code of Conduct.
Guzman, a former Texas Supreme Court justice herself, resigned recently in order to run against incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton is facing a 2015 indictment on securities fraud charges and is under investigation by the state bar for his role in attempting to overturn the results of the 2020 election. However, Paxton has the coveted endorsement of former president Donald Trump.
Paxton is also being challenged by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. Bush had actively courted Trump for the endorsement that ultimately went to Paxton. Guzman did not vocally pursue a Trump endorsement, at not least publicly.
In addition to the former justices, Guzman has also been endorsed by Texans for Lawsuit reform. This many former justices endorsing against an incumbent is unprecedented, and is an indicator that Guzman has substantial support in the Texas legal community.