The Surprising Way Texas Republicans Should Inspire Us

Op-ed

Rakim Brooks


This excerpt is from a piece by Rakim Brooks that originally ran in Democracy Docket on June 5, 2023.

While Harlan Crow and Senate Democrats continue to exchange letters regarding his improper relationship with Justice Clarence Thomas, Texas Republicans are taking a hardline against corruption in their state. You read that right.

Proceeding from the first principle that those most responsible for enforcing the laws should be most beholden to it, Texas House Republicans recently took the extraordinary step of impeaching Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R). This is the first time that the Legislature has ever impeached Texas’s top cop. But neither novelty nor “separation of powers” stopped the Texas House from carrying out a first-of-its-kind investigation into Paxton or impeaching given what it found — a lesson Washington should observe as it manages the Thomas scandal.

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