State Attorney General Ken Paxton’s legal problems got worse this week when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil securities fraud against him for allegedly deceiving friends and associates while peddling stock in a tech company during his days as a state lawmaker. Even though he had admitted to violating state law in the matter at the time of the 2014 election, Republican voters picked him over two other Republican candidates for attorney general. This week Paxton, who has made religious liberty a priority as attorney general, posted on his Facebook page a Bible verse, Deuteronomy 28:1: “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” This was too much for some:
Adam Davies: RESIGN! You love to talk big about God, and now you’re getting busted for securities fraud. You are a disgrace.
Carl Ostendarp: Um, the “Thou shalt not steal” thing is a big one. One of the top 10, actually. Can you spell hypocrite?
Mitchell Polon: How many times is your name going to come up on the news about criminal activity, all while judging others and hiding behind “God”? You’re a shameful person and your family should be embarrassed. Disappear from politics before you spend the rest of your life behind bars. Disgraceful to your state and the country.
Johannes Hamlin: Why did Republican voters vote for this guy? I’m a Republican and Ken Paxton was the only statewide official I did not vote for. He needs to step down.
Andrew Pettke: Another conservative claiming to be such a great Christian, yet stealing from the people he was elected by. Typical. C’mon Texas — vote out these loser conservatives and make Texas great again!
Justin Carey: Oh wow! A “family values” conservative has been outed as being a morally devoid opportunist. Now that’s something you don’t see every day . . . wait, never mind.
Jon Benfer: For someone in your position, you also need to obey the Constitution, the laws of the USA and common decency toward your fellow humans. Failed on all three accounts, apparently. But good for you that you obey the Lord.
Gary J Marshall: Ah Karma. Remember all that LGBT equality stuff you fought against. Well, where you’re going, don’t drop the soap.
Laurie Hougham: Wow, there are so many haters here, there and everywhere. Thank God He loves you, us and is your, our Great Defender. We know the enemy hates and schemes against us with evil and destruction. And we know our LORD wins and we win with Him over the enemy, amen! I pray God’s blessings, strength, protection, victory, and everything you need for yourself and your family, Attorney General Ken Paxton, in Yeshua Jesus’ name, amen! Thank you for your faithful service to our good God, Texans and our great state of Texas!
Justin Baize: Mr. Paxton, I hope you don’t resign. If Texas voters are ignorant enough to elect a criminal to be their AG, then that is what we deserve.
Kathy Opry Robinson: You took away fantasy sports in Texas. By being a hypocrite, now the SEC can take away your freedom.