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Consultant Who Stumped for Cruz Targets Sessions
Texas Tribune ^ | Jan. 20, 2014

Posted on 01/21/2014 7:36:28 AM PST by SoConPubbie

Katrina Pierson stands observing the crowd during a candidate forum for Texas Senate candidates held at the Churchill Recreation Center in Dallas, TX, on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

In 2012, Katrina Pierson was crisscrossing Texas in her spare time to help Ted Cruz become the state’s next U.S. senator. At Republican club meetings, public rallies and on Twitter, she praised Cruz’s tenacity and commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Now, in her bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, 58, Pierson is trying to convince voters that she possesses those same qualities and that Sessions does not. Pierson, 37, a political and media consultant, said she decided last year to challenge Sessions after she attended several meetings between him and local activists.

“Everything became ‘next time’ basically — next debt ceiling fight, next continuing resolution,” Pierson said. “People seem to forget this nation wasn’t founded on going along to get along.”

She and her supporters are drawing parallels between her effort and Cruz’s successful campaign. While Cruz surprised many when he won an open Senate seat, Pierson has the trickier task of trying to unseat a powerful incumbent. Sessions has served in Congress since 1997 and chairs the House Rules Committee. He declined a request to comment on Pierson for this article.

Though she trails Sessions in fundraising, Pierson’s campaign has been gaining some momentum by leveraging her ties to the national Tea Party movement. She has drawn endorsements from Michelle Malkin, the conservative blogger, and Matt Kibbe, the president of FreedomWorks, a libertarian advocacy group.

This month, Pierson gained the support of Cruz’s father, Rafael. Though Cruz has said he was not picking sides in the race, he described Pierson as “an utterly fearless principled conservative” at a recent conservative rally.

Pierson made clear she planned to treat the senator's comments as an endorsement.

“We’re going to send that out and let everybody know that the senator has not forgotten those who were in the trenches with him,” she said.

For Pierson, a run for office is the latest step in her growing immersion into Texas politics.

Soon after attending her first Tea Party meeting in 2009, she found herself a leader in the nascent movement, holding advisory roles in several groups and explaining Tea Party positions on cable news. Last year, she left a career in health care administration to start Pierson Consulting Group, a political and media consulting firm. She declined to identify any current or former clients.

On the campaign trail, Pierson and her supporters have described Sessions as a creature of Washington out of touch with Texans. They have argued that he has not sufficiently supported efforts, led largely by Cruz, to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“I think it would have been a winning strategy had Republicans gotten behind him,” Pierson said. 

In an email, Torrie Miller, a spokeswoman for Sessions’ campaign, described “dismantling Obamacare” as a priority. (At a hearing earlier this month, he predicted that House Republicans would make no more efforts to repeal the health care law but later said he was joking.)

“Congressman Sessions has broad and deep grassroots support across the 32nd Congressional District of Texas,” Miller said.

Pierson has also questioned Sessions’ ties to his Dallas district, accusing him of having moved to Florida. In 2012, Sessions married Karen Diebel, a former Florida congressional candidate. The couple owns a house near Orlando, though Sessions listed a Dallas apartment as his address when he filed for re-election.

Sessions said in an emailed statement that he still lived in Dallas, though he also spent time in Florida.

“My wife and I are working hard to make our combined families work well,” Sessions said. “With five boys living in four cities and the two of us working in three different cities, it is clearly a balancing act.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cruz; katrinapierson; pierson

"If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures." - Alexander Hamilton

 

"We don't intend to turn the Republican Party over to the traitors in the battle just ended. We will have no more of those candidates who are pledged to the same goals as our opposition and who seek our support. Turning the Party over to the so-called moderates wouldn’t make any sense at all." -- President Ronald Reagan

 

"A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." - Thomas Paine 1792

 

"It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams

 

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1 posted on 01/21/2014 7:36:28 AM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie; Alissa; ontap; Finny; kitkat; super7man; Battle Axe; Rodamala; Fiddlstix; ...

Tea-Party Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.


2 posted on 01/21/2014 7:37:03 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

Any more info on her bio: schools, residence, accomplishments?


3 posted on 01/21/2014 7:51:06 AM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SoConPubbie
said she decided last year to challenge Sessions after she attended several meetings between him and local activists.

“Everything became ‘next time’ basically — next debt ceiling fight, next continuing resolution,” Pierson said. “People seem to forget this nation wasn’t founded on going along to get along.


WOW...I couldn't agree more! I gave my senator's office a piece of my mind this morning for saying basically the same thing as Sessions - next time, we couldn't do anything without this, that or the other, yada, yada, yada.

She sounds promising!
4 posted on 01/21/2014 7:58:18 AM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: SoConPubbie

Any new Cornyn polling you heard of?

Cornyn ripping off Cruz’ CV every hour is pi$$ing me off.


5 posted on 01/21/2014 8:01:16 AM PST by txhurl
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To: SoConPubbie

6 posted on 01/21/2014 8:03:02 AM PST by struggle
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To: SoConPubbie

Whats so bad about Jeff Sessions? I always thought he was a pretty good guy?


7 posted on 01/21/2014 8:07:30 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“Whats so bad about Jeff Sessions? I always thought he was a pretty good guy?”
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Jeff Sessions wins the primary = a vote for Boehner for Majority Leader next January

Jeff Sessions loses the primary = a replacement who will NOT VOTE FOR BOEHNER.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 8:14:49 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Sessions is for amnesty. He was one of the good guys when he was first elected, now he has gone “native.” Katrina’s story is very interesting. Her mother was 15 when she was born and Katrina was raised in a welfare family. She tells her story of making a choice to be successful and get an education.

Go Katrina.


9 posted on 01/21/2014 8:15:10 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: lone star annie

Watch out Sessions - here comes hurricane Katrina!


10 posted on 01/21/2014 8:24:23 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: Georgia Girl 2
There two Sessions. Pete's in Texas. Jeff's in Alabama.

No relation as far as I know.

11 posted on 01/21/2014 8:32:20 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
Whats so bad about Jeff Sessions? I always thought he was a pretty good guy?

Whoa, nelly! We're talking about Pete Sessions, of Texas.

Pete used to be my congressman, but he's been in DC too long. He's much closer to Boehner and GOPe than he is to the conservative voters that sent him to DC.

12 posted on 01/21/2014 8:32:53 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: SoConPubbie; All

Wonder if Sessions lives in Baldwin Park? SEN Bill Nelson and former SEN Mel Martinez live there...I can walk thru w a Pierson for Congress sign...

Gosh...maybe even better than Ted Cruz endorsing you...is his dad endorsing you


13 posted on 01/21/2014 8:35:20 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Darren McCarty

I think Pete Sessions is in Orlando, FL now...at least according to article ;)


14 posted on 01/21/2014 8:38:29 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: House Atreides; Darren McCarty; Georgia Girl 2

Please see Post #11!!

Sen Jeff Sessions (AL) is a GOOD GUY!! Rep Pete Sessions (TX)...not so much :(


15 posted on 01/21/2014 8:49:16 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Graewoulf; y'all

Bona fides/bio...

Katrina Pierson is a Steering Committee member for the Dallas Tea Party and Founder of the Garland Tea Party. As a working single mother, she has transformed into a political activist practically overnight. Mrs. Pierson was recognized by former Senator Fred Thompson as the Tea Party Darling, and was noted to give the most moving speech in the country out of all of the April 15, 2009 Tax Day Tea Party events. Mrs. Pierson has appeared numerous times on local news and talk radio, and has been a frequent guest on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN and Fox Business Channel. She is now the Executive Director of WatchtheVote.org, which serves as a grass-roots watchdog tool for the United States Congress. Serving on the Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, her primary goal is to help regain community strength by educating voters and training citizens how to arm themselves with the knowledge to make informed decisions at the polls to conserve liberty and restore the equal pursuit of happiness.

Katrina holds a B.S. in Biology, University of Texas at Dallas


16 posted on 01/21/2014 8:51:50 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Please see Post #11!!

Sen Jeff Sessions (AL) is a GOOD GUY!! Rep Pete Sessions (TX)...not so much :(
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You are definitely correct. I apologize for my error.


17 posted on 01/21/2014 8:53:31 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Graewoulf

More about Katrina....

http://www.katrinaforcongress.com/meet-katrina/


18 posted on 01/21/2014 8:57:16 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Darren McCarty

I thought they were talking about Jeff Sessions. I don’t know much about Pete.


19 posted on 01/21/2014 9:01:10 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: House Atreides

;-)
Sen Jeff Sessions probably, and unfortunately, gets that a lot.


20 posted on 01/21/2014 9:08:56 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Pete Sessions (Crotchety RINO - TX) is sleazy. Here’s a reminder of Pete’s *handiwork*...

Cantor and Sessions are pursuing a plan to make it very easy for the House to vote for defunding Obamacare while ensuring Obamacare is still able to get funded. Cruz, in a press release earlier today, called on the House of Representatives to not get cute and actually defund Obamacare.

http://www.redstate.com/2013/09/10/ted-cruz-opposes-eric-cantor-and-pete-sessions-hug-it-out-plan-to-fund-obamacare/

And, it looks like Ol’ Pete supports Amnesty, too.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3047665/posts


21 posted on 01/21/2014 9:13:53 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long

Thanks! Great pic of Cruz at the article which starts:

Multiple people confirm to me that just a few hours ago Pete Sessions blew up about Ted Cruz and made sure everyone in the room knew he held Cruz in absolute contempt.

It might be because Ted Cruz just called BS on Eric Cantor and Pete Sessions trying to screw conservatives.

Cantor and Sessions are pursuing a plan to make it very easy for the House to vote for defunding Obamacare while ensuring Obamacare is still able to get funded. Cruz, in a press release earlier today, called on the House of Representatives to not get cute and actually defund Obamacare.


22 posted on 01/21/2014 9:21:23 AM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
I love this pic, too.


"I'm watching you, RINO's!"

23 posted on 01/21/2014 9:27:02 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2; Jane Long

We’re really going to have to tatoo a finger to remember the difference between Jeff and Pete, because the confusion hurts Jeff and helps Pete.

Guess which finger Pete should have? I know it is confusing.

How about “Justice Jeff”, and “Pinhead Pete”.


24 posted on 01/21/2014 9:38:41 AM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

People change. I didn’t know he had bought a house in Orlando, has only an apartment in Dallas. New wife, new views. That is telling.


25 posted on 01/21/2014 10:06:09 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Night Hides Not

If he has a place in Florida, then that suggests he is an ex-patriate Texan, now. How many days a year does he spend in Texas, now?


26 posted on 01/21/2014 10:18:47 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: RobbyS
Thanks for letting me know. I was unaware of Rep. Sessions' divorce and new wife.

I think the voters in his Texas district deserve to know how much time he spends in TX vs. FL.

27 posted on 01/21/2014 12:00:49 PM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: Jane Long

” - - - Katrina has never been shy about taking on the Republican or Democrat Party establishment. - - - “

FINALLY! A breath of fresh air for our rotten US House of Representatives !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 01/21/2014 7:57:22 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Jane Long

I think Pete is history.


29 posted on 01/22/2014 5:39:25 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Graewoulf

not hard on the eyes...we know that much


30 posted on 01/22/2014 5:40:08 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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