Texas Candidates Make Sales Pitch to Audience, Not Job

The state’s top lawyer is not really a crime fighter, but you wouldn’t know that during election season.

The biggest section of the Texas attorney general’s office, in fact, is child support. The attorney general handles the state’s legal business, such as the tax liens filed by the comptroller and the detailed paperwork behind bond issues. Those issues do not get much attention unless mistakes are made, like taxes going uncollected or some hole appearing in the child support safety net.

Otherwise, the everyday work of an attorney general is not all that interesting to voters.

The headline-grabbing cases change ...

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