Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Texas is the last, great hope against complete federal intrusion and the office of Attorney General is the front line of defense in that battle. This office is the line in the sand -- the only thing standing between President Obama and the State of Texas. As the first legal line of defense against the federal government's quest for control over our lives, the office of the Attorney General is the "tip of the spear" in this crucial battle.
That's why it is critical that the next Attorney General be a trusted, committed, constitutional conservative -- someone Texans know they can count on to demonstrate political courage, regardless of the personal consequences.
Some people have asked why I would be willing to give up my seat in the Texas State Senate and embark on a statewide campaign, logging thousands of miles across Texas and in the process miss time away from my family and business. I'm running for Attorney General because there is too much at stake, and I am willing to fight to ensure that the Lone Star State remains a beacon of freedom and liberty to the nation.
When I ran for the Texas legislature I ran on a platform of conservative principles--and won. From the time I entered public office, I've never changed my core beliefs, and never will. In fact, while many candidates may claim to be a conservative, I am the only candidate with a decade long track record of actually taking the tough votes; of fighting in the trenches for our values, year in and year out.
During this campaign season, you'll hear lots of speeches, lots of promises to stand firm against Washington. Frankly, here in Texas it is easy and even popular for a Republican to publicly oppose President Obama's policies. Speaking out against liberal agendas and Democratic rivals doesn't take a lot of political courage. It takes courage, though, to adhere to your conservative convictions if that requires standing in opposition to your own political party. That is my record.
Throughout my time in elected office, I have had the courage to fight for what is right, even if it wasn't popular. I voted against bloated budgets. I offered myself as a conservative alternative for Speaker of the House. I cast vote after vote, sometimes against my own party leadership, to protect conservative values. I have the experience, credentials and political courage to stand for Texas as your next Attorney General.