Prepare yourselves for a wild ride. If you thought that the Texas political arena couldn’t get any more spicy, think again! Our favorite Texas Republican Attorney General, Ken Paxton, has graced the headlines once more. But this time, he’s not trying to overturn election results or file lawsuits against Big Tech. Nope, he’s taking us on a clandestine journey filled with secret Ubers, alleged mistresses, and…a fake name!
Let’s start with the pseudo name, shall we? Introducing to the stage, Dave P. Sounds like an underground rap artist, right? But in reality, it’s just a cover-up for our very own Paxton, who allegedly used this account for some hush-hush rendezvous at the Pearl Lantana Apartments in Southwest Austin. And by hush-hush, we’re talking about meeting a certain someone over a dozen times between August and October 2020. Intriguing, isn’t it?
The rabbit hole deepens when you realize that Paxton didn’t create this fake Uber persona all on his own. With his alleged buddy Nate Paul, an entrepreneur under the FBI’s radar for potential mortgage fraud, Paxton seems to have cooked up this elaborate scheme. This dynamic duo allegedly met up 20-24 times in 2020, brainstorming on how Paxton could aid Paul amidst the FBI’s intensified gaze. And let’s not forget the whopping $172 million in loans connected to Paul. Money moves, anyone?
This isn’t just a case of bromance or secret rideshares. Paxton is accused of turning the Office of the Attorney General into Paul’s personal errand boy—aka, his “concierge law firm.” But in a plot twist worthy of a telenovela, Paxton and his attorney claim innocence, labeling the charges as “slanderous” and “meritless.” Drama, drama, drama!
Some additional sprinkles on this Texan drama sundae: Mr. Paul, being the generous man that he is, reportedly footed the bill for renovations to Paxton’s residence and even got his alleged mistress (a former Capitol staffer named Laura Olson) a job. How kind, right?
What’s staggering is how long Paxton supposedly kept up this charade. Allegedly relying on “burner phones, secret emails, and ditching his security detail,” Paxton might’ve just given James Bond a run for his money. He even went the extra mile, pushing for a settlement in a legal dispute involving Paul and a local nonprofit, breaking tradition by taking on courtroom duties usually reserved for lesser attorneys.
Whew! If this story isn’t an indication that truth can be stranger than fiction, then I don’t know what is. grab your popcorn because this tale of intrigue in the Texan corridors of power is far from over. Keep your eyes peeled!