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An Army of Ted Cruzes: Louisiana candidate takes a page from a tea party hero
Yahoo News ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | Chris Moody

Posted on 02/20/2014 5:36:17 PM PST by mandaladon

WASHINGTON — On July 31, 2012, a little-known state attorney in black ostrich-skin boots named Ted Cruz shocked the Lone Star State’s political establishment when, facing incredible odds, he defeated popular Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican primary race for Senate. Within a year, Cruz would be a household name across the country and considered a possible candidate for the presidency. With another congressional election season approaching in November, Cruz’s story has inspired a new crop of little-known candidates who want to replicate his success. While Cruz may be the least popular man in the Senate, his popularity soars outside the Beltway, where he has become a model for a new generation of long shots.

Rob Maness, a retired Air Force colonel based in Madisonville, La., is one of them. Maness is one of four declared Republican candidates now vying for a chance to unseat vulnerable Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. He's raised almost a half a million dollars in his quest to assert himself as the hard-right tea party alternative to Republican front-runner House Rep. Bill Cassidy. Recent state polls put Maness in the single digits when pitted against Landrieu and Cassidy, but in the example of Cruz and other successful tea party insurgents who seemingly came out of nowhere to seize their party’s senate nomination, Maness sees a path to victory.

Maness embraces Cruz’s hard line on federal spending bills. He believes there’s “no need to raise the debt ceiling” under any circumstances. He opposes the Affordable Care Act and Obama’s 2014 strategy of using executive action to get around a deadlocked Congress, saying, “I’m with Sen. Cruz on that. It’s completely lawless.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
Seems like a good candidate.
1 posted on 02/20/2014 5:36:17 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
"Cruz may be the least popular man in the Senate..."

Depends on who one talks to....

2 posted on 02/20/2014 5:40:27 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: mandaladon

I’d vote for him in a heart beat against Landrieu—but I don’t live in LA.

I do live in Texas where I can vote for Sen. Cruz, though-—maybe for president some day!

3 posted on 02/20/2014 5:42:17 PM PST by basil (
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To: Paladin2

“Cruz may be the least popular man in the Senate...”

But out here in the heartland he is very popular. Screw the GOPe.

4 posted on 02/20/2014 5:46:54 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: mandaladon

Thanks for the paragraphs......

..... Maness sees a path to victory. ....

His problem in LA and their ‘jungle primary’ is that he has to win outright or
come in 2nd with the leader coming in under 50%. Then there will be a runoff.
Single digits won’t work but then it’s still a long time until Nov. 4, 2014.

5 posted on 02/20/2014 6:06:23 PM PST by deport
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To: mandaladon

“While Cruz may be the least popular man in the Senate”

Years ago I taught middle schools the grade six boys voted me the meanest teacher in the school for three straight years. I asked them to give me a framed certificate that recognized that so I could hang it on the wall.

Cruz should do the same thing. The left is going to call him any name deserved or not so he should glory in the dislike of the establishment.

Own it Ted.

Make it yours!

Conservative politicians should stop being afraid of offending someone. Instead they should speak the truth and let the voters decide.

6 posted on 02/20/2014 6:07:30 PM PST by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: mandaladon; All

” - - - The Senate Conservatives Fund has endorsed five tea party candidates who are running against fellow Republicans: In addition to Maness, they are Milton Wolf in Kansas, Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Chris McDaniel in Mississippi and Ben Sasse in Nebraska. - - - - “

A good article. Thanks.

7 posted on 02/20/2014 7:03:22 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: mandaladon

Rob Maness has zeeerrrrrooooo chance. Period.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 7:10:15 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Graewoulf

I want to see Ted Cruz as Governor of Texas before he’s considered for president. That of President of the Texas Republic, or The Restored Confederacy.

9 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:45 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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