Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller could be in the fight of his political life

Early voting for the March 1 primaries begins Monday, and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is gearing up for a re-election fight.

Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragan tells the Texas Standard that Miller is being attacked by Republican and Democratic challengers over ethics — namely, his relationship with longtime adviser Todd Smith. Smith was recently charged with theft and bribery in connection with an alleged pay-to-play scheme for state hemp licenses — licenses administered by Miller’s office.

“[Miller’s] saying, ‘Hey, keep me out of this. It’s not me, I have nothing to do with it,” Barragán said. “His opponents – James White on the Republican side and Susan Hays on the Democratic side – say, ‘Hey, he’s been your longtime political consultant for 30 years. You must have known something.

For more from the political week in Texas, including U.S. Representative Troy Nehls’ bizarre spat with Capitol police and more, listen in the audio player above.

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