Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert announced Monday that he is running for attorney general of Texas, throwing his hat in the ring for what’s expected to be one of the most closely watched state races in 2022.

Gohmert, who has been in Congress since 2005, said in a video announcement that he has already raised $1 million in his bid to unseat fellow Republican Ken Paxton. If he is elected, Gohmert said, he will prioritize “election integrity,” push back against “unconstitutional mandates” and clamp down on border crossings.

“A priority will be election integrity so that every legal vote counts,” Gohmert said. “If you allow me, I will not wait to be my busiest until after there’s some bad press about legal improprieties. I’ll start boldly protecting your rights on day one.”

Paxton is under indictment on charges of securities fraud and faces an FBI investigation into allegations that he abused his office. He has denied any wrongdoing and rebuffed bipartisan calls to resign.

Gohmert also said he would fight pandemic mandates and take a hard line on immigration.

“Unconstitutional mandates will not be tolerated from anyone — parental consent is still an important concept in America, and especially in Texas,” he said. “The invasion across our Southern border has to stop, but they’re still pouring in.”

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