“John understands the importance of protecting the integrity of our elections and building the Texas brand on an international stage,” Abbott said in a statement. “I am confident that John’s experience and expertise will enhance his oversight and leadership over the biggest and most thorough election audit in the country.”
Scott briefly helped Trump in one of the former president’s many failed attempts to overturn a free and fair election that he lost to President Joe Biden. As The Texas Tribune pointed out, Scott signed on as counsel to a lawsuit filed by Trump on Nov. 13 to block the certification of Pennsylvania’s 2020 election results. Scott backed out of the lawsuit just days after joining the team and on the eve of a key hearing in the case that Trump went on to lose.
Scott will serve as interim secretary of state until he is confirmed by the state legislature, which is scheduled to convene again in 2023.