Skip to comments.Ted Cruz’s influence dominating Texas primary
Posted on 03/03/2014 6:50:16 PM PST by SoConPubbie
The longest shadow in Tuesdays primary election in Texas is being cast by a politician not even in the running, freshman U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican.
Mr. Cruz, just two years into his first major elected office, has arguably become the most loved politician among Republicans in Texas, an incubator for national conservative policies where the party dominates the statehouse and has not lost a statewide race since 1994.
A host of Republican hopefuls are trying to ride his coattails, turning campaigns into raucous affairs about how much they despise Obamacare, embrace the constitutional right to bear arms and see a need to raise alarms about illegal immigration.
Mr. Cruz has turned an already right-leaning Texas Republican Party even further to the right, analysts said.
Cruz scared the daylights out of centre and center-right conservatives to the extent that they do not feel comfortable enough to run on their true positions and feel compelled to cater to the most conservative elements of the Texas Republican primary electorate, said Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University in Houston.
Mr. Cruz, 43, a darling of Tea Party Republicans with their often unbending policies to shrink government, has mostly steered clear of direct campaigning in Texas but has supported a select few candidates challenging established Republicans.
Last year, Mr. Cruz led the push to deny funding to President Barack Obamas healthcare plan, resulting in a 16-day government shutdown. The strategy left congressional Republicans further divided, with moderates in the Senate unhappy about the public backlash against the GOP.
In Texas, support has grown for Mr. Cruz since the standoff, with 43 per cent of respondents in a University of Texas-Texas Tribune poll in February having a favourable opinion of him, higher than the 33 per cent favourable rating for fellow Senator John Cornyn, a Republican.
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So they have to act like leftists and lie about what they really think?
It’s not so much Cruz that these People are afraid, as the number of voters that agree with him.
I am Pulling for Katrina Pierson.
She has become one of my favorites and I don't even live in Texas :)
My wife made me contribute to a Rep. fundraiser and Ted Cruz and his wife were there early last year. They were the most comfortable, authentic and real persons. We just talked about raising young children. He reminds me of John Adams. He has a life, and does not need show lights.
Cruz or nobody!!
They are both so pretty it actually HURTS :(
The author writes about the rinos being pissed about the public backlash of shutting down the government, then points out that Cruz has more public support than the rinos.
As for those who “do not feel comfortable enough to run on their true positions”, it shows they’ll run on lies then turn back to the snakes that they are once they’re elected.
I’m hoping the bad weather in Texas tomorrow will keep the rino/LIVs away from the polls. I sure would love to see Cornyn fall.
Among Ohio Republicans, Ted Cruz is regarded as a vitriolic buffoon.
She's one of the good ones, there's no doubt. We've got a lot of good conservatives running in this election. Ken Paxton is another one (running for state AG). He was Tea Party before Tea Party was cool.
“They are both so pretty it actually HURTS :( “
You can’t be beautiful on the outside if you are not “beautiful” on the inside. That’s why RAT women tend to look like leftover 60’s radicals. As for these women, their picture speaks volumes.
(Lol! I Know, I Know, I will try and lay off that, it's just so easy :P)
I Will Second That Motion!
There's a campaign commercial for Jerry Patterson going right now where they list Tom Pauken as one of his endorsers (Ron Paul being another).
I actually laughed out loud the first time I heard it.
Ohio republicans are almost universally what you would call Rino.
John Kasich is considered to be almost too conservative for Ohio.
Check out Ohio’s senators and US congressmen. I think Jim Jordan is the only one you would call teaparty. The rest are democrats or “rinos”.
Our last three govenors before Kasich were democrat Ted Strickland, republican Bob Taft, and Republican George Voinovich.
Trust me. Ohio republicans almost universally regard Cruz with disdain.
"This is Mutt the Hoople. As Johnson County DogCatcher, I promise to FIGHT those Obama Liberal Bureaucrats in Washington and the Wendy Davis Liberal Bureaucrats in Austin (not only FIGHT them, but grab them by the nose and kick their asses all the way to the Rio Grande, where I'll make all the illegal aliens in Texas cross back over!). Ted Cruz certainly approves.
"Oh, and the "moment of silence" in school? If elected, I'll FIGHT to have TWO Moments of silence....hell, I'll make those kids be silent the WHOLE DAY! Ted Cruz knows the value of moments of silence....
"And finally, I'll not only respect and defend the 2nd Amendment, but I'll FIGHT to demand all dogowners get Firearms Training at an NRA-accredited Weapons school....you think those Liberal Obama Bureaucrats will take your dog when they're staring down the barrel of .44 Magnum? Ted CRuz loves dogs, my opponent wants to eat dogs like his hero Barack Hussein Obama. "God, Guns, Guts, Immigration Reform, Love of Dogs, FIGHTING, and Ted Cruz...THAT'S what makes Mutt the Hoople YOUR Choice for Johnson County Dogcatcher."