It’s not enough that Ken Paxton is suing the federal government (again) – this time over the important issue of who gets to pee where. But now it comes out that Paxton went actively looking for a client to challenge new guidelines aimed at protecting the rights of transgender students. The Texas Tribune reports that Paxton approached at least two school districts in his quest to find a client to represent. Paxton was turned down after his assistants made a pitch to the Wichita Falls ISD to enact an identity at birth peeing policy. But the WFISD board turned him down.
“I feel like in this situation we’ve been put between a rock and a hard place by both the federal and our state government where we are the ones who would be the sacrificial lambs effectively in this fight,” said board member Elizabeth Yeager. “I think that would be completely a waste of time and a distraction from our school business of educating students.”
Wichita Falls Superintendent Michael Kurht also came out against adopting the policy, citing legal counsel that the school district’s current policies were in compliance with the new federal guidelines. “I don’t know that my time and the district’s time is best suited to do this,” he said.
Kudos to the WFISD for having the sense to not pick an unnecessary fight and to not make their transgender students into a political pawn.
Unfortunately, the folks at the tiny Harrold ISD were not so immune to the charms of the wily Paxton. After being approached by Paxton’s surrogates, the Harrold ISD adopted a transgender policy clearly targeted to run afoul of the federal guidelines. Finding a willing dupe for his political agenda, Paxton issued the following duplicitous statement:
“Harrold Independent School District fulfilled a responsibility to their community and adopted a bathroom policy that puts the safety of their students first. Unfortunately the policy placed them at odds with federal directives handed down earlier this month. That means the district is in the crosshairs of the Obama administration, which has maintained it will punish anyone who doesn’t comply with their orders.”
Yes, they were goaded into adopting a policy so that Paxton would have yet another chance to file a frivolous lawsuit and waste more of your taxpayer dollars. When a non-government lawyer goes looking for a client unsolicited they have a name for it – Barratry. When Ken Paxton does it nothing happens.