Following is a statement from Pete Gallego:
"My first job out of law school was serving in the Texas Attorney General's office as an assistant AG. It provided me with incredible trial experience and I have fond memories of that time. Because I have such great respect for the agency, it makes this controversy surrounding Attorney General Ken Paxton all the more disappointing.
More than most, I understand that elected officials are human. Those of us who have held office know that elected officials make mistakes and havefaults and foibles as all other people do . . . but ordinary mistakes do not rise to the level of a felony offense punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
No one can seriously argue that this indictment is about politics. It originates in General Paxton's home county with the voters who know him best. A grand jury empaneled in a solidly Republican county by a Republican district judge determined that enough evidence existed to proceed.
While Texans should be forgiving of mistakes, we cannot be expected to swallow a felony. It undermines the credibility of every other elected official.
A judge and jury will determine what happens next. But at the very least, we should be able to count on our state's top lawyer not to play fast and loose with the law. Or, we need a new lawyer."