Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas will enter the race for Texas Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ted Cruz’s old seat after filing papers to his candidacy. Gohmert officially kicked off his bid on Monday in Austin.
Gohmert, who has represented a large portion of the booming region between Houston and Austin for the past six years, was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1992, but won a congressional seat in 2000. He has recently become known for his fiery rhetoric. In addition to lambasting the media, the Texas congressman has joked that “Islam is the same as the Taliban,” and called homosexuality a “disease.”
It is still unclear who Gohmert will face if he is elected attorney general. For now, he faces a primary challenge from Deputy Secretary of State Trey Martinez Fischer, an openly gay Democrat.
As of Monday, Martinez Fischer had raised $136,000 and had a cash on hand of $23,000. The incumbent, Republican incumbent, had $13.7 million. The contest is expected to be one of the closest in Texas.