Representative Drew Darby Announces Re-Election Campaign
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2021 Contact: Laramie Stroud Phone: (325) 486-3739 Email: [email protected] Representative Drew Darby Announces Re-Election Campaign (SAN ANGELO, TEXAS) — Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) formally announced today that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives to serve House District 72. Representative Darby’s proven record of accomplishment for
After listening to the thorough debate in the Texas House this afternoon and reviewing the comprehensive investigative materials provided by the House Committee on General Investigating, I cast my vote in favor of impeaching Attorney General Ken Paxton. This decision was not made lightly, as I support many of General Paxton's efforts to curb federal overreach. However, I firmly believe that the decision the House made embodies the principles of the people of House District 72 and the State of Texas, and the values we expect from our elected officials.
The Texas Supreme Court has made it clear that the primary purpose of impeachment is to protect the state, rather than punish the offender. In an impeachment proceeding, it is the duty of the House of Representatives to determine whether sufficient evidence warrants further legal proceedings in the Texas Senate. I am confident that the evidence presented today in the House justifies impeachment.
The evidence is explicit and undisputed that Attorney General Paxton blatantly and continually abused his office and power for personal gain. Time and time again, General Paxton put his own interests above that of Texans. His actions are an unequivocal breach of public trust in the Office of the Attorney General. As legislators, it is our responsibility to ensure that such actions from the chief law enforcement officer in Texas are neither tolerated nor defended.
The investigation by the House Committee on General Investigating began in March of this year when Attorney General Paxton asked the Texas Legislature to allocate $3.3 million of your taxpayer dollars to pay a wrongful termination settlement with several whistleblowers from his office. The lack of supporting documentation and his unwillingness to explain the necessity for this demand raised serious questions about his motives, prompting the General Investigating Committee to delve deeper into the matter.
What the General Investigating Committee uncovered was deeply concerning—evidence of disregard of official duty, misapplication of public resources, bribery, obstruction of justice, and dereliction of duty, among other serious allegations. These grave charges cannot be ignored. Hence, today, the full House was presented with 20 Articles of Impeachment. The evidence is compelling and demands further review by the Texas Senate where General Paxton will be afforded the opportunity to defend himself. To date, General Paxton has not denied any of the allegations.
Let me be clear: This is not about personality or political disagreement. The foundation of our great state is built upon the rule of law, where no one, not even the highest law enforcement officer, is above it. Based on the information presented, I support the impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton and the subsequent full trial by the Senate.
Our commitment to justice and the preservation of our democratic values compels us to hold our elected officials accountable. By taking a stand against abuse of power, we can restore the trust that Texans place in their government. Together, let us ensure that the Office of the Attorney General and every elected official upholds the highest standards of integrity and serves the best interests of all Texans. ... See MoreSee Less
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Well said, thank you sir.
Thank you! Again, another great example of ethics before politics. Your vote took guts.
Thank you for the action, and for your fine explanations. Well put
Thank you for doing the due diligence. I’m behind you 100%.
Well said and well explained. Good job sir.
Thank you! I appreciate the explanation.
Thanks Drew Darby!!
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It is not complicated, it is common sense. The Save Women’s Sports Act, or Senate Bill 15, ensures equality and opportunity security to Texas women in college-level athletic programs.
SB 15 prevents biological males from endangering female athletes, taking girls' spots on teams, breaking girls' hard-earned records, and unfairly putting girls' athletic scholarships at risk. I am proud to have supported the passage of The Save Women’s Sports Act from the Texas House this week! ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you for continuing to take these stands for what is right.
Amen thank Mr. D
The Texas Legislature has officially passed Senate Bill 14, which will halt experimental, life-altering gender treatments for kids, saving the future of Texas. I am proud to have voted FOR SB 14 and look forward to Governor Abbott signing this into law!
SB 14 joins other laws to safeguard children from harmful situations. This bill delivers a compassionate solution that will ensure children are protected from medically unnecessary, irreversible gender modification treatments. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you, Representative Darby, for taking this stand to protect the children of Texas!