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Source in Ted Cruz GQ Article Is a Disbarred Convict
Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-24-2013 | Staff Report

Posted on 09/24/2013 10:41:47 AM PDT by smoothsailing

Source in Ted Cruz GQ Article Is a Disbarred Convict

The source of the allegation that Cruz refused to study with grads of ‘lesser Ivies’ was disbarred in June

BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff

September 24, 2013 12:00 pm

An alleged Harvard Law School roommate of Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) who was quoted provocatively in Jason Zengerle’s profile of Cruz for GQ magazine is a convicted DUI offender and a recently disbarred attorney.

The State Bar of California website lists Damon Christian Watson’s status as “disbarred” and prohibited from practicing law in the state of California, Watson’s current state of residence.

Watson was disbarred by order of the California State Supreme Court on June 21, 2013, stemming from a failure to comply with the terms of a 2011 public reproval that followed a criminal conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the California Bar Journal.

Zengerle neglects to mention Watson’s current status, using Watson as the sole source of a key segment of his article:

The elite academic circles that Cruz was now traveling in began to rub off. As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale. Says Damon Watson, one of Cruz’s law-school roommates: “He said he didn’t want anybody from ‘minor Ivies’ like Penn or Brown.”

National media and Cruz’s ideological adversaries seized upon the quote since the article’s publication and have promoted it extensively as proof that Cruz’s populist persona is more contrived than authentic.


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1 posted on 09/24/2013 10:41:47 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Barry Soetero?


2 posted on 09/24/2013 10:43:44 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the mainland US There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: smoothsailing

Wonder who paid him to smear Sen. Cruz? There are so many suspects, it’s difficult to single out just one. No one should believe any dirty exclusives like this one, knowing that the Chicago Democrat thugs use Saul Alinski’s rules as their bible, since they don’t read the real Bible.


3 posted on 09/24/2013 10:46:53 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who knew? B^)


4 posted on 09/24/2013 10:47:21 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I can understand about Brown, but I thought Penn was OK...


5 posted on 09/24/2013 10:49:24 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: smoothsailing

so let’s get this straight. GQ quotes this alcoholic to trash Cruz. The article I suspect is 100% negative?

I’m liking Cruz even more now.


6 posted on 09/24/2013 10:51:47 AM PDT by nikos1121 (“To err is human; to forgive, divine.” Alexander Pope (1688-1744) English poet)
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To: smoothsailing

I don’t care if Cruz is the most arrogant, insufferable SOB on the planet. I’ve got two senators from my state who are really nice guys and stick their fingers in the air and check with the lobbyists before every vote. I’ll trade them for Cruz in a heart beat.


7 posted on 09/24/2013 10:52:47 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: smoothsailing

Would that be 0?


8 posted on 09/24/2013 10:53:52 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: txrefugee

It’s not just the character of the accuser, it’s the accusation he is making. Cruz supposedly only wanted to study with grads from top Ivy League schools. That’s all they can come up with?! ROFL.


9 posted on 09/24/2013 10:56:28 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smoothsailing
As a law student at Harvard, he refused to study with anyone who hadn’t been an undergrad at Harvard, Princeton, or Yale.

I'm outraged! Outraged, I tell you!

10 posted on 09/24/2013 10:57:11 AM PDT by marron
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To: nikos1121
The article I suspect is 100% negative?

Not 100%. But there is a definite bias to it and it's not in Cruz's favor.

11 posted on 09/24/2013 10:57:11 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: smoothsailing

Wow. The smell of desparation is awful strong here. These losers will try anything to find dirt on Sen. Cruz.


12 posted on 09/24/2013 10:57:25 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: smoothsailing

By the way, has anyone ever found anyone who remembers O from college?


13 posted on 09/24/2013 10:57:57 AM PDT by marron
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To: marron
No, no college roommates have spilled dirt...or ANYTHING...on 0. Hmmm. Wonder why that is.

We KNOW Ted Cruz attended college, 0bomba...not so much.

14 posted on 09/24/2013 10:59:48 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs stay silent.)
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To: USNBandit
It’s not just the character of the accuser, it’s the accusation he is making. Cruz supposedly only wanted to study with grads from top Ivy League schools. That’s all they can come up with?! ROFL.

I agree. Pretty damned week. It's still better than spending all his time on the "Choom Squad" like Soetero.

15 posted on 09/24/2013 11:02:12 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte
I agree. Pretty damned week. It's still better than spending all his time on the "Choom Squad" like Soetero.

Remember when they found the rock on the property of some ranch that had been rented by Romney thirty years ago, and the rock had a racial epithet painted on it, but the side that bore the offensive word had been turned to face the ground?

National news.

16 posted on 09/24/2013 11:06:24 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Steely Tom

It was Rick Perry - not Romney.

https://www.google.com/search?num=30&site=&source=hp&q=rick+perry+offensive+rock&oq=rick+perry+offensive+rock&gs_l=hp.3..0i22i30.4857053.4863224.0.4863989.25.17.0.8.8.0.157.1392.9j5.14.0....0...1c.1.27.hp..3.22.1672.7lGCNmHCF3w


17 posted on 09/24/2013 11:08:28 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thanks for the correction!


18 posted on 09/24/2013 11:09:38 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: marron

When Pelosi and Biden and Kerry and obama and all the other snobs start hanging out with Prairie View A&M alums, then I’ll take them seriously.


19 posted on 09/24/2013 11:15:40 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: txrefugee

Jason Zengerle, the writer of the GQ smear piece has a history of shabby smear tactics. The guy is a real dirt ball.

http://www.examiner.com/article/more-dirty-tricks-the-rand-paul-kidnap-caper


20 posted on 09/24/2013 11:19:56 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Have any of Barry Obama’s college roommates be interviewed? Ever?


21 posted on 09/24/2013 11:53:58 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Pan_Yan
I don’t care if Cruz is the most arrogant, insufferable SOB on the planet. I’ve got two senators from my state who are really nice guys and stick their fingers in the air and check with the lobbyists before every vote. I’ll trade them for Cruz in a heart beat.

It would be nice to have an SOB on our side for change. Someone who isn't afraid of taking off the gloves and fighting like the Dims do. Someone like.........Ted Cruz.
22 posted on 09/24/2013 11:54:30 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34
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To: Jane Long
No, no college roommates have spilled dirt...or ANYTHING...on 0. Hmmm. Wonder why that is.

I'd guess that if they ever existed, it's because they're all dead, have been paid off, or blackmailed into silence.

23 posted on 09/24/2013 12:28:30 PM PDT by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until at least January 2017.)
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To: smoothsailing

I’m dubious about Cruz’s populist schitck as well.

I’ve yet to meet anyone with a degree from Haaaavaaaahhhd who was willing to get his hands dirty in pursuit of an honest day’s work.

If I had the power to do so, I’d roll a strategic bombing mission against the Ivies. They’re the source of much of the ideological mischief against our nation today.


24 posted on 09/24/2013 12:30:05 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Barry Soetero?

Or Bill Clinton?

25 posted on 09/24/2013 2:03:22 PM PDT by RJL (There's no greed like the greed of a liberal politician buying votes with your money.)
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