He said strengthening the Mexican border with the implementation of a special intelligence unit working specifically to get drug cartel monies out of the state is another priority. The recent organized attempted hit by a drug cartel in Southlake shows the problem is hitting much closer to home, Pauken said.
“The feds are responsible for border security but we need to do our part as well,” Pauken said.
He also talked about Texas jobs and the economy.
“(U.S. Attorney General Eric) Holder had no problem with Continental and United merging and all those jobs leaving Texas,” he said.
Pauken criticized fellow Republican candidate for governor Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for joining with Holder in a lawsuit blocking the American Airlines-US Airways merger. Abbott eventually withdrew from the lawsuit, which Pauken said could cost Texas thousands of jobs if the merger is not approved.
“It would be devastating to our economy if that was to happen,” Pauken said.
He said his support across the state has been grassroots with many education and veteran groups wishing him well. Pauken said he is aware Abbott has raised more campaign funds, referring to it as “a big hurdle that must be overcome.”
“I’m simply trying to get us out of this mess we’re in by using common sense business principles,” Pauken said. “I’m a small business owner and have worked on the workforce commission, so I know how business works and how we can get out of this. I want to reunite the Republican Party.”