Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Tea Party supporters on Saturday that politics has played a role in his legal troubles, and made comments that led some Democrats and reporters to conclude that he had admitted being audited by the IRS.
But Paxton wasn't being literal, his campaign spokesman told The Texas Tribune.
"It was probably in-artful wording," spokesman Matt Welch said about Paxton's reference to the IRS. "He was trying to demonstrate the absurdity of the attacks against him."
He made the comments during a Tarrant County political event, The Dallas Morning News reported. The paper obtained an audio recording of Paxton's remarks from the Lone Star Project, a Democratic political action committee.