ARTICLE #1 – 2.29.24 -- Dallas Morning News

“Sen. John Cornyn Makes It Official: He’s Running To Succeed Mitch McConnell”

by Joseph Morton 

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Sen. John Cornyn makes it official: he’s running to succeed Mitch McConnell (

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn kicked off his campaign Thursday to succeed Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell after he steps aside in November.

…As a top lieutenant to McConnell,
Cornyn will face some of the same skepticism the Kentuckian [Sen. McConnell] encountered from the party’s conservative base.

Talk of his interest in the job quickly produced social media
taunts calling Cornyn a Republican in name only [RINO]. 

Detractors have cited …  
his [Sen. Cornyn] support for compromise spending bills and past criticism of former President Donald Trump.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has teased a 2026 primary challenge to Cornyn, added his voice to critics.

“It will be difficult for
[Sen. Cornyn] to be an effective leader since he is anti-Trump, anti-gun, and will be focused on his highly competitive primary campaign in 2026,” Paxton posted. 

“Republicans deserve better in their next leader and Texans deserve another conservative Senator.”


ARTICLE #2 -- 2.29.24 – Texas Scorecard

“TAG Paxton Blasts Sen. Cornyn After Court Victory of $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill”

By Brandon Waltens

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Paxton Blasts Cornyn Following Court Victory over $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill - Texas Scorecard

Attorney General Ken Paxton secured a victory in federal court this week against a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives despite half of the members being absent. 

The U.S. Constitution requires that
a quorum of members of the U.S. House of Representatives be present for the lower chamber of Congress to conduct business. 

only 201 members of the House of Representatives were present in the House’s chamber when the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was voted on in December 2022 and approved by the House and Senate.

Paxton brought a lawsuit on behalf of Texas, arguing the spending package was passed unlawfully and that such a provision would impose a financial burden on Texas taxpayers. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court in Lubbock agreed

In an interview with 
Chris Salcedo, Paxton took aim at U.S. Sen. John Cornyn [a long-time RINO] for joining Democrats in passing the massive spending bill. 

We sued because in doing this John Cornyn and these other senators, Republican senators, along with the Democrats, allowed a bill to pass that was not done the right way. The Constitution was ignored and not followed,
said Paxton.

The spending bill also allocated $20 million to a case-management pilot program for the Department of Homeland Security’s “Alternatives to Detention Program” which would release illegal aliens who would rather be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. 

Paxton said the vote should tell Texans that Cornyn is aligned with Democrats.

“I mean, I’d love to have one example of something he’s done that’s good for our state, that’s good for our country,” Paxton said, accusing Cornyn of funding Biden’s priorities.

As of publishing, Cornyn did not respond to a request for comment.

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