Outside View

It sometimes seems that there is no check on Attorney General Ken Paxton’s malfeasance and ineptitude.

So, we were heartened to see House Speaker Dade Phelan declare that Paxton would have to justify to the Legislature why taxpayers should cover a settlement with former Paxton employees who allege the attorney general retaliated against them for reporting bribery allegations against him.

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In the private sector, if an employee publicly accuses his boss of some impropriety that the boss knows to be untrue, the employee should expect to be fired. However, In the public sector, the boss is assumed to be guilty until proven innocent. I don’t know if Ken Paxton is innocent or guilty. That is yet to be determined and has been turned over to a corrupt Department of Justice. If he is innocent, why would he be responsible for settlement costs for firing those who made false accusations? The media is too quick to assume guilt when it comes to elected officials. Way too many of these accusations are politically motivated, vindictive, hoaxes perpetrated by other corrupt politicians in an attempt to unseat a powerful position, and destroy a person’s reputation. Why don’t we figure out if Ken Paxton is actually guilty of bribery as charged before we convict him?

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