October 2, 2022

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Texas' chief financial officer appears to be angling for higher office.
The big picture: Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is known as a low-temperature, middle-of-the-road, straight-shooter, so some of his recent, pointed pronouncements have raised questions about whether he's trying to build his political profile ahead of a run for higher office.
Between the lines: Last week, interspersed amid ho-hum announcements about academic scholarships for third graders and record returns of unclaimed property, his office sent out a press release headlined "Glenn Hegar Stands Up to EPA Bureaucrats in Defense of Texas Economy."
Zoom out: In the last couple months, Hegar has been on offense, warring with Harris County officials over police funding, investigating a Dallas-area club over a drag show, and threatening to freeze out financial firms he says are anti-oil and gas.
What they're saying: Hegar, who is up for re-election this fall as comptroller, has said he will not run for the office again — but has not ruled out a run for lieutenant governor or governor.
The bottom line: "He's sort of kept to himself until all of a sudden, and that tells me that he’s got plans and that he needs to over perform in that upcoming election so that he looks more viable as a candidate for higher office later on," Genevieve Van Cleve, who tracks Texas state politics for the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, told the Texas Tribune.
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