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Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance
The Hill ^ | January 17, 2014, 12:20 pm | Cameron Joseph

Posted on 01/20/2014 11:27:59 AM PST by SoConPubbie

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refused say whether he thinks former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie (R) will be a good candidate for Virginia's Senate race, putting the National Republican Senatorial Committee vice chairman at odds with its chairman and many in his party.

Cruz repeatedly refused to say what he thinks of Gillespie's background or chances as a candidate against Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.).

"I like Ed Gillespie, he is a friend of mine, he's a good man. That's ultimately a decision for the voters of Virginia," Cruz told The Hill on Thursday evening, hours after Gillespie entered the race.

He demurred when asked if he thought Gillespie could unite Republican activists behind him and give Warner a tough challenge, pivoting to an attack on Warner and avoiding any comment on Gillespie's credentials.

"That is a decision for the voters of Virginia to make. But I can tell you Mark Warner is not listening to millions of Virginians who are hurting under the Obama economic agenda. Mark Warner is not listening to millions of Virginians who lost their job, lost their health insurance, have been forced into part-time work," he said.

Cruz then cut the conversation short when asked if that meant he wasn't that thrilled with Gillespie as a candidate, repeatedly saying "I've got to get to a vote" and jumping into an elevator.

The Texas senator and Tea Party favorite told the Dallas Morning News last August that he planned to stay out of contested GOP primaries.

“It is likely that I am going to stay out of incumbent primaries across the country, either supporting incumbents or opposing incumbents," he said then.

Still, his comments stand in contrast to those from NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), who said the party was "delighted" that Gillespie was running.

"We're delighted to have Mr. Gillespie in the race in Virginia. He's a highly credible candidate who has great political skills but most importantly cares greatly about the people of the commonwealth of Virginia," he said.

Cruz has long been a thorn in the side of establishment Republicans, and there has been grumbling that he has done little to help the NRSC in its goal of winning back the Senate. The comments are the latest example that he is often not on the same page as other national Republicans. 

His seeming diss comes despite support for his own Senate campaign from Gillespie's family. Gillespie and his wife both donated to Cruz during his 2012 campaign. Cathy Gillespie donated to Cruz in November 2011, during his hotly contested Senate primary against Texas Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst (R), the establishment favorite in the race.

Gillespie is a former lobbyist and senior adviser to President George W. Bush, and some local Republican activists have said they have some concerns about his work in both capacities. Gillespie will need to win the nomination at a GOP convention packed with conservative activists before he can face Warner — something that seems likely but isn't guaranteed at this point.

This post was updated at 12:55 p.m.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas; US: Texas; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2014endorsements; cathygillespie; cruz; daviddewhurst; edgillespie; jerrymoran; kansas; nomoreamnestypimps; nomorerinos; tedcruz; texas; va2014; virginia
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1 posted on 01/20/2014 11:27:59 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Alissa; ontap; Finny; kitkat; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; Fiddlstix; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

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2 posted on 01/20/2014 11:28:58 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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"I like Ed Gillespie, he is a friend of mine, he's a good man.

WTH that's not good enough for them? Does he have to lick Gillespie's boots too?

3 posted on 01/20/2014 11:29:21 AM PST by DManA
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To: SoConPubbie

Does ANYBODY know where I can get Ted Cruz bumper stickers from a conservative ONLY website? CafePress charges about $8 shipping and handling now for TWO stickers that I tried to order. That is ridiculous, to say the least. Thank you, Bob


4 posted on 01/20/2014 11:34:08 AM PST by alstewartfan (Every heart is a lonely hunter when she walks by. Al Stewart)
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To: SoConPubbie

Very faint praise.


5 posted on 01/20/2014 11:34:50 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SoConPubbie

Why would Cruz shill for another open-borders, pro-amnesty candidate?

Enough with the retread Bushites already.


6 posted on 01/20/2014 11:37:13 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: GeronL
Very faint praise.

Yup.

This article is in sharp contrast to another I read concerning Gillespie where it made it sound like Cruz was all gung-ho for him.
7 posted on 01/20/2014 11:38:38 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

I am trying to remember for the life of me just how much the Establishment Elites in the GOP were working to see TED CRUZ elected to the Senate.

Oh, that’s right. They did NOT help at all.

Never mind.


8 posted on 01/20/2014 11:44:56 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: SoConPubbie

That is the best that can be done for someone that is not exactly “one of us”.


9 posted on 01/20/2014 11:45:05 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz knows Gillespie...probably knows where the skeletons are stored....


10 posted on 01/20/2014 11:46:06 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: SeminoleCounty

If Cruz thinks that his endorsement of Gillespie would be a “kiss of death” in Virginia, he’d be wise to remain coy about it.


11 posted on 01/20/2014 11:47:11 AM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: DManA

I was thinking the same thing, what part of what Cruz said was considered an attack?


12 posted on 01/20/2014 11:48:58 AM PST by Eva
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To: DManA

That is the way they should all answer concerning local/state races where they do not live.


13 posted on 01/20/2014 11:51:31 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: SoConPubbie

Maybe he wants Mark Warner to remain Senator of Virginia. /sarc


14 posted on 01/20/2014 11:55:45 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: alstewartfan

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15 posted on 01/20/2014 12:02:13 PM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: SoConPubbie

I wonder what the Hill would report if Cruz said this about WARNER:

“I like Mark Warner, he is a friend of mine, he’s a good man.”

Somehow, I doubt it would be reported as an attack.


16 posted on 01/20/2014 12:23:38 PM PST by Tulane
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz is following the late President Reagan’s dictum, “Never speak ill of a fellow Republican.”

Faint praise? Perhaps — but an attack? Absolutely not.


17 posted on 01/20/2014 12:37:08 PM PST by man_in_tx (Blowback (Faithfully farting twowards Mecca five times daily).)
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To: SoConPubbie

If Cruz plans to run for POTUS it’s a good plan not to endorse anyone before the primary.


18 posted on 01/20/2014 12:39:32 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are Affirmative Action for Slackers! .)
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To: SoConPubbie

Thank you for the ping!


19 posted on 01/20/2014 1:01:07 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cruz said he wouldn’t endorse in primaries and he has kept his word. Seems the talking-heads didn’t have a playbook response for a politician doing what they said.


20 posted on 01/20/2014 1:05:02 PM PST by csivils
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To: GeronL

Ted is smart to be faint on this one.


21 posted on 01/20/2014 1:17:10 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: SgtHooper

I think so too


22 posted on 01/20/2014 1:19:24 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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