Texas House Rep Frederick Frazier Sues for Being Defamed by Rival


McKINNEY, TX — On June 25, 2024, Frederick Frazier, a retired Dallas Police Officer and current Texas House Representative, filed a lawsuit in the Collin County District Court against Paul Chabot. The lawsuit alleges a systematic campaign of defamation orchestrated by Chabot, stemming from their contentious political rivalry.

Frazier lost his bid for re-election in the Republican Primary in March. The March 5 Primary, where Frazier attracted 32 percent of the vote led to a runoff with challenger Keresa Richardson who won the primary with 40 percent of the vote. In the March 28 runoff election, Frazier was soundly defeated by Richardson 68 to 32 percent. Frazier attracted less than half the votes as his challenger, 6,835 for Richardson and 3,270 from Frazier.

The complaint details how Chabot has allegedly defamed Frazier through a series of false and injurious statements distributed across various platforms, including social media, public forums, and a dedicated website, www.firefrazier.com. Frazier claims these statements have severely damaged his reputation, both personally and professionally.

According to the petition, Chabot's defamatory actions began during the 2022 campaign season when he ran against Frazier for the 61st District seat in the Texas House. After losing to Frazier in a runoff election, Chabot allegedly continued to spread false information about Frazier, even in the absence of a pending election.

The lawsuit highlights several key incidents:

  • On December 13, 2023, Chabot uploaded a video interview accusing Frazier of accepting plea deals to felony charges of impersonating a public official and engaging in petty thievery by stealing campaign signs.
  • On February 5, 2024, Chabot made multiple Facebook posts falsely claiming that Frazier was dishonorably discharged from the Dallas Police Department and had committed various crimes. These posts, included in the petition as Exhibits A, B, and C, portray Frazier in deeply pejorative terms.
  • Chabot also shared defamatory tweets, including one that accused Frazier of lying to voters and slandering a disabled veteran.
  • Frazier asserts that Chabot's statements are patently false and have been made with reckless disregard for the truth. Public records, according to the petition, affirm Frazier's honorable service and general discharge from the Dallas Police Department. The petition claims that Chabot's actions have caused significant harm to Frazier's reputation, resulting in personal humiliation and mental anguish.

All of the defamation alleged in Frazier's lawsuit can be found on Chabot's website, FireFrazier.com.

The lawsuit seeks monetary relief over $250,000 but not more than $1,000,000. Frazier's legal team argues that Chabot's statements constitute defamation per se, as they falsely accuse Frazier of criminal activity and dishonorable discharge, thus damaging his standing in the community and professional reputation.

Frazier is represented by attorneys from Dykema Gossett PLLC, who emphasize that Chabot's campaign of defamation is motivated by personal animosity and a calculated effort to discredit Frazier. The petition calls for compensatory and exemplary damages, along with court costs and pre- and post-judgment interest.

You'd think this Texas House race is dirtier than a San Angelo police chief election.

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