Feb 14, 2024 - News

Cornyn-Paxton beef gets personal

Side-by-side photo showing Sen. John Cornyn and Texas attorney general Ken Paxton

Photos: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images and Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, both Republicans, are publicly feuding over a variety of issues — and it's getting personal.

Why it matters: The public bickering typifies the rift inside the Texas GOP, between more isolationist, MAGA-friendly Republicans aligned with Paxton and traditional conservatives like Cornyn.

What happened: In the latest back and forth, Paxton fired first on X, criticizing Cornyn's late-night vote in favor of a $95 billion foreign aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

  • Cornyn quickly replied, calling out Paxton's ongoing legal troubles.
  • Undeterred, Paxton then called Cornyn an "America Last RINO."

The big picture: Cornyn was one of 22 Republican senators who voted in favor of the bill, despite strong opposition from former President Trump and House Speaker Mike Johnson, who has indicated he won't bring the bill to the House floor — at least as is.

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