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  • Cruz Running for Re-election in 2018

    05/11/2016 11:33:55 AM PDT · by bigbob · 215 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 5-11-16 | Patrick Svitek
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, plans to run for re-election in 2018. Cruz, who ended his presidential campaign last week, said "yes" when asked Wednesday morning by a reporter in Washington, D.C., if he would seek a second term, according to CNN and The Hill. Cruz's office later confirmed the exchange. The announcement adds some clarity to Cruz's political future following his decision to exit the presidential race on May 3. While Cruz could change his mind, running for re-election in 2018 puts to rest some speculation he would sit out a second term to prepare for a comeback bid...
  • Cruz Puts Dewhurst on Defensive in Last Debate Before TX Runoff on border wall [Way-back Machine]

    01/05/2016 2:44:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 18, 2012 | Roque Planas
    July 18, 2012"........ [Ted] Cruz, who is 41 and has never held elected office, staked out more extreme positions than the 66-year-old Dewhurst, a career politician who has presided over the Texas Senate as Lieutenant Governor since 2003. "My touchstone for every question is the Constitution," Cruz said, adopting the refrain commonly heard from Tea Party supporters. ".....Cruz went on the offensive against Dewhurst on illegal immigration-a key issue in the state that shares the longest stretch of U.S.-Mexico border-calling attention to Dewhurst's 2007 support of a guest worker program for the state's undocumented immigrants, announced at a speech in...
  • Report: David Dewhurst will pay campaign debts from senate race (Texas)

    10/06/2015 7:10:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/5/15 | Bobby Blanchard
    Former Lt. Governor David Dewhurst has agreed to pay off $800,000 of debt from his failed bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012, according to a report in The Texas Tribune. According to a September letter obtained by the Tribune, Dewhurst has agreed to pay the debt over the next year but he said that he was not legally obligated to pay the money to his vendors. “While there is obviously no legal obligation that I personally pay the vendors invoices, and while a few of you let me down with messaging and media that was counter-productive, plus there were...
  • In 2016, Ted Cruz dreams of a 2012 replay

    09/08/2015 9:19:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 4, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz's team thinks they already beat Jeb Bush -- three years ago. That's when Cruz, a young lawyer with a thin resume but political talent, elbowed his way through a crowded field with just enough cash and just enough endorsements to topple an establishment hero with more money than a candidate could ever hope for. The Cruz foe then was David Dewhurst, and he continues to cast his shadow. If he could be beaten then, say Cruz's truest believers, Cruz can't be beaten now. "They're all Bushes," said Morgan McComb, an online activist who proudly chose to wear one...
  • Cruz hires former Gingrich aide as political operation builds

    02/10/2015 2:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | February 9, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    HOUSTON — The political operation of potential 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz continued to beef up Monday as a top aide to former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich signed onto the senator’s team. Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s longtime spokesman who served as a top strategist to a super PAC that supported Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign, will join Cruz’s campaign-in-waiting to serve as a senior communications adviser. “I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said in a statement. “I believe he will emerge as the...
  • Patrick to ask Dewhurst, Patterson for support if he wins nomination (Texas)

    05/27/2014 11:50:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    WFAA ^ | 5/27/14 | JASON WHITELY
    Senator Dan Patrick said he will ask Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for their support if he wins the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor Tuesday night. The last 11 weeks have been a brutal runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst, the incumbent, filled with negative ads and attacks.Patterson, a primary opponent of both men, released Patrick's 1980s mental health records earlier this month. Patrick called it a "low blow" and "shameful," blaming both Patterson and Dewhurst. Despite that, Patrick said Tuesday that they are "opponents, not enemies," and that he would still ask them for support...
  • The Greek tragedy that is David Dewhurst’s political career

    05/27/2014 9:47:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Aaron Blake
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is very likely to lose his reelection bid today, in what would be the latest huge setback (and a potentially fatal blow) in a once-promising political career that had the wealthy second-in-command on a crash course for the U.S. Senate. In doing so, Dewhurst is likely to become the first big-name Republican to lose two primaries against the tea party — and only two years apart. So what the heck happened to David Dewhurst? In sum: The seeds for his likely loss were planted long ago, and it's not all his fault. But there...
  • Dewhurst camp releases disco music video on eve of runoff

    05/27/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/27/14 | Lauren McGaughy
    David Dewhurst’s campaign has released one final web ad ahead of the Tuesday runoff election, a country-disco mashup of a music video entitled “Lt. Gov. You Gotta Love.” The song was written and performed by Creative Director Ben Price – the same staffer behind the campaign’s “Frozen” themed web ad – and features lyrics like “Saving ladies/Protecting Babies/The most pro-life candidate.” In a May 19 interview, Dewhurst told the Chronicle he was not comfortable with Price’s Disney-themed parody that mocked challenger Dan Patrick. But he said his younger staff members found it funny, prompting him to release the video. The...
  • Tea Party Victory Seen in Today's GOP Primary Runoff (Texas)

    05/27/2014 7:15:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    WOAI ^ | 5/27/14 | WOAI
    The once promising political career of three term Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is expected to come to an end today, as challenger Dan Patrick is expected to defeat Dewhurst in today's Republican runoff, handing the Tea Party one of its biggest victories of the year, 1200 WOAI news reports.
  • Tea party takeover of Texas GOP is nearly complete

    05/27/2014 6:28:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/27/14 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    There’s panic in some quarters of the Texas Republican Party. The movement conservatives are poised to strike a mighty blow in Tuesday’s runoff elections. If all goes well for these tea partiers and libertarians, they will be on the way to taking control of critical statewide offices and key seats in the Legislature. The list includes Dan Patrick for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton for attorney general. The crowd already scored a victory in Dallas with businessman Don Huffines’ win over incumbent state Sen. John Carona. So how did this all happen? Republicans have had solid control over all parts...
  • Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Dewhurst

    05/27/2014 6:23:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    CBS DFW ^ | 5/27/14 | AP
    Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been one of the most powerful figures in Texas since 2002, but he could be ousted Tuesday by GOP voters who appear ready to steer the state even further to the right by backing tea party favorites over establishment candidates. Despite spending $5 million of his own fortune on his campaign, Dewhurst has struggled to gain ground on state Sen. Dan Patrick. A victory by Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio host and founder of the Legislature’s tea party caucus, would complete the overhaul of every elected statewide office next year when Gov. Rick...
  • Tea party poised for big wins in Texas GOP runoffs

    05/26/2014 4:08:44 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    SF Gate/AP ^ | 5/26/14 | PAUL J. WEBER
    A tea party leader is favored to become Texas' lieutenant governor. A Ted Cruz-endorsed newcomer is inching closer to replacing Democrat Wendy Davis in the statehouse. On television, millions of dollars in attack ads have given established Republican incumbents all they can handle. For all the talk of Texas growing competitive for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, GOP voters are poised to make a harder turn right on Tuesday. Though the tea party has sputtered this year in elections around the country, Texas' conservative insurgents are the front-runners in Republican primary runoffs for major statewide offices and positioned to bolster...
  • Tough immigration talk puts Dan Patrick in prime position (Texas)

    05/25/2014 5:41:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 5/24/14 | ROBERT T. GARRETT AND TERRENCE STUTZ
    Dan Patrick appears poised to dislodge David Dewhurst as lieutenant governor in Tuesday’s Republican runoff, and the reason is clear to tea party activists, campaign consultants and political scientists. Patrick, they say, jumped out front for good by appealing to staunchly conservative Republican voters on their top issue: illegal immigration. Breaking with the stances of Republicans such as Govs. George W. Bush and Rick Perry, who tried to appeal to Hispanic voters with hopeful rhetoric about immigrants, Patrick has ripped state GOP leaders for not plowing enough state funding into law enforcement efforts along the Texas-Mexico border. He also hit...
  • Dewhurst Supporter (campaign?) Admits to Phony Tea Party Flyer (Exclusive)

    05/23/2014 7:50:20 PM PDT · by mystery-ak · 10 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | May 23, 2014 | AbaraXas
    Dirty politics seems to be the name of the game in the Texas Lieutenant Governor race between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick- from releasing confidential medical records to harassing and insulting push polling. One of the latest tricks in this campaign is a flyer received by Tea Party members all over the State touting Tea Party endorsements for David Dewhurst. The flyer was put out by a group called "The United Texas Tea Party". The catch? The United Texas Tea Party does not exist. No website, no registration, no Facebook page. At this point, Dewhurst supporters went from cheering the...
  • Dewhurst raises only $1.6M as GOP runoff looms (Texas)

    05/20/2014 12:13:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    KFOX ^ | 5/20/14 | WILL WEISSERT Associated Press
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has raised only about $1.6 million since late February, but lent himself nearly twice that while attempting to beat back a primary challenge from state Sen. Dan Patrick. Campaign finance records released Tuesday show Dewhurst collecting $1.65 million in donations from Feb. 23 to last week. That's far less than he'd promised to raise. Dewhurst also pumped $3 million of his own money into his campaign in April and May, after previously lending it $2 million. Including earlier loans, Dewhurst's campaign now is carrying nearly $5.4 million in debts.
  • Dewhurst loans for re-election bid total $5 million (Texas)

    05/20/2014 7:08:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/19/14 | David Saleh Rauf
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s re-election campaign reported Monday that it has outstanding loans totaling more than $5.3 million, indicating that the incumbent lieutenant governor ponied up around $3 million out of pocket since the final week of February to try and beat Dan Patrick. That comes on top of $2 million that Dewhurst lent his campaign earlier in the cycle. Candidates in the May 27 runoff are facing a midnight deadline to file campaign finance reports with the Texas Ethics Commission. The full filings won’t be publicly available online until Tuesday morning — and that’s when we’ll know details about...
  • Dewhurst: Relevance of Patrick's medical past 'up to voters'

    05/19/2014 5:25:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    KVUE Austin ^ | 5/19/14 | MARK WIGGINS
    Texas voters slowly trickled into early voting locations Monday morning to cast their ballots in the run-off elections. The most heated election by far continues to be the fierce feud between incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his challenger, state Sen. Dan Patrick. The contest exploded into fresh controversy at the end of last week with the release by a former rival of documents detailing Patrick's medical history during the 1980s. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has taken aim at Patrick since being defeated in the GOP primary. Over Thursday and Friday, Patterson released a series of documents from a lawsuit...
  • Dewhurst says he argued against release of Patrick records 2 weeks ago (Smear backfires on Dewhurst)

    05/19/2014 11:59:35 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/19/14 | David Saleh Rauf, Lauren McGaughy
    Lt. Gov David Dewhurst spoke with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson two weeks ago about previously unearthed court documents involving state Sen. Dan Patrick – but said he advised against their dissemination back then for fear the move could backfire and damage his chances of winning reelection. Dewhurst, in an interview at his Austin campaign headquarters on the first day of early voting ahead of the May 27 runoff, disclosed that Patterson originally reached out weeks ago to discuss access to court filings that could damage Patrick's run for lieutenant governor. Those court documents were released to state media by Patterson...
  • Lt. Gov. hopeful Patrick raises $4M since February (Texas)

    05/19/2014 11:12:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Galveston News ^ | 5/19/14 | Associated Press
    State Sen. Dan Patrick has reported raising more than $4 million in the past two months as he tries unseating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in next week's GOP primary runoff. The tea party favorite from Houston said Monday that total only encompass contributions between Feb. 23 and this past weekend. Patrick reported spending $3.75 million on statewide media advertising and says he has $400,000 in cash on-hand remaining before the May 27 election. Early voting began Monday.
  • Republicans lead in Texas

    04/16/2014 4:34:11 AM PDT · by BobL · 42 replies
    PPP Press Release ^ | April 15, 2014 | PPP
    PPP's newest Texas poll finds Republicans leading by double digits in all of the state's major races for 2014. In the Governor's race Greg Abbott's at 51% to 37% for Wendy Davis. ------snip----- There's been some thought that Democratic prospects might be better in the race for Lieutenant Governor but Leticia Van de Putte actually trails by slightly more than Davis, regardless of who her Republican opponent ends up being. Dan Patrick leads her by 16 points at 51/35. ------snip----- Although it hasn't really been on anyone's radar screen the likely US Senate match up between John Cornyn and David...
  • How TV Censorship Works for Democrats

    04/09/2014 4:15:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    On April 1, Washington Mayor Vincent Gray was denied a second term, defeated in the primary by upstart city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. The beginning of the end came on March 10, when U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen struck a plea bargain with a wealthy businessman who confessed he'd spent $668,000 on an illegal "shadow campaign" to fund get-out-the-vote efforts that helped Gray win the mayoral office in 2010. So the corrupt mayor of America's most important city is thrown out. A political scandal? The same networks that were utterly breathless over the local story of Gov. Chris Christie's aides slowing traffic...
  • Cruz won't praise Gillespie after Va. entrance

    01/20/2014 11:27:59 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2014, 12:20 pm | Cameron Joseph
    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...
  • Your State’s Gun Control Just Got Stricter? Come on Down! [Texas]

    04/04/2013 12:01:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 30, 2013 | Reeve Hamilton
    Gov. Rick Perry speaks wistfully — almost lovingly — about a rifle he recently fired while he was at a range in Leander owned by the manufacturer LaRue Tactical. “I’m incredibly passionate about a well-made piece of equipment,” Mr. Perry said in a phone interview last week, “whether it’s an automobile or a weapon.” After the visit, LaRue posted Mr. Perry’s results online. From 100 yards away, the governor took three shots and grouped them — two shots hit the same spot — mere millimeters from the center of the target. “That was pretty good, wasn’t it?” Mr. Perry said,...
  • Supporters of Ted Cruz and Chick-fil-A Break News

    08/07/2012 4:32:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | August 7, 2012 | Michael Barone
    Americans keep behaving in ways that baffle the liberal mainstream media. Two examples figured prominently -- or should have -- in last week's news. One is the runoff primary for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in Texas. Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz thumped incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, 57 to 43 percent. Cruz won even though the Texas Republican establishment, from Gov. Rick Perry on down, endorsed Dewhurst. So did the Austin lobbying community, since Dewhurst as lieutenant governor has run the state Senate for the last 10 years (and, having lost this race, will do so...
  • How Ted Cruz Did It

    08/03/2012 10:01:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | August 3, 2012 | Matt Mackiwiak
    Tea party insurgent Ted Cruz’s thrilling and improbable victory over Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in Texas’s GOP Senate primary provides a model for future long-shot candidates to follow, though repeating what Cruz did will be difficult. A long line of dominoes had to fall, in the precise order that they did, for Cruz to overcome an opponent who had every advantage a political candidate can have. Dewhurst had unlimited financing (he spent at least $19.9 million of his own money), universal name recognition, unanimous support from the Austin political establishment and massive political power as the leader of the...
  • Rick Perry: Ted Cruz #StrongerThanGarlic (40 acres of Garlic) Perry Backed Dewhurst

    08/02/2012 5:52:11 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 12 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-1-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    The Houston Chronicle is calling the huge Ted Cruz win over current Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, an embarrassment for Governor Rick Perry who backed Dewhurst. Photo: Sarah Palin at Ted Cruz rally wearing boots given to her by Governor Perry Perry took aim during the campaign at various out-of-state Tea Partiers who supported Cruz, including the Tea Party Express and Sarah Palin. The governor, who is also a Tea Party favorite, chided them to "come to Texas and learn how to do it right." Cruz defeated Dewhurst by nearly 14 percentage points. The former state solicitor general is now the heavy...
  • What the Ted Cruz Tea Party of Texas Wants RINO’s and CINO’s to Know: WATCH OUT!

    08/01/2012 3:42:05 PM PDT · by rightjb · 10 replies ^ | 8-1-2012 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    I know, I know. We are supposed to be magnanimous in victory. But there isn’t just a new ‘Sheriff’ in Texas, there is a new mandate on how things are going to be done from now on. And what the Ted Cruz Tea Party of Texas Wants RINO’s and CINO’s (Conservatives In Name Only) to Know is:We won’t be fooled by Republicans merely SAYING they are conservative any more.The Big Folly of Houston’s Republican bloggers is a prime example of the dishonest dialog the GOP establishment will find has gone the way of bell bottoms and pucca shell necklaces. If...
  • Today, the Tea Party Will Get Another Big Win

    07/31/2012 8:51:59 AM PDT · by Sark · 6 replies
    Principles & Policy ^ | July 31st, 2012
    Since bursting on to the national political scene a few years ago, the Tea Party has achieved a great deal. In 2010, the Tea Party took the House of Representatives and dealt a serious blow to the huge Democratic majority in the Senate. This year, the Tea Party will try to finish the job and to take the Senate. So far, Operation Hostile Takeover has been met with much success. Longtime moderate and deal maker Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN) was crushed by Richard Mourdock in a May primary. Just a couple of months before the primary, media pundits were smirking...
  • What a Ted Cruz victory would mean

    07/30/2012 3:01:07 PM PDT · by South40 · 40 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/30/2012 | Sean Sullivan
    Eighteen months ago, Ted Cruz was a starry-eyed Texas Republican with long-shot hopes of becoming a United States senator. On Tuesday, the former state solicitor general looks headed to an unlikely runoff victory over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, win that would defy the power of the state’s GOP establishment. ((snip)) So how did Cruz stay competitive and even climb into what looks like the driver’s seat? He leveraged national acclaim from conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and George Will into strong local tea party support, winning an impressive 34 percent of the primary vote and forcing a runoff against...
  • Ted Cruz: Sudden Relentless Reform - RunOff Election Tomorrow 7-31-12

    07/30/2012 1:28:18 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 9 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-26-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Those are the words of Sarah Palin as she spoke to hundreds of Ted Cruz for US. Senate supporters in Houston, Texas - "sudden and relentless reform" if you send Cruz to Washington. The Cruz podium was the inaugural 2012 campaign stump event for Palin. “Ted is not going to D.C. to make nice with the foo-foo, she-she cocktail crowd. Not at all. He’s going to do the heavy lifting to reign in our out of control government.” ~ Sarah Palin By the way, Governor Rick Perry who is supporting Cruz' challenger, gave Palin the black and white boots you...
  • NEW POLL: CRUZ UP 10 OVER DEWHURST - Perry A Drag on Dewhurst

    07/29/2012 9:40:23 PM PDT · by rightjb · 13 replies ^ | 7-29-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    HALF of the GOP voters do not claim a TEA PARTY affiliation and Dewhurst wins those, but few are showing up to the polls. Nearly 3/4ths of the one third of the GOP who DOES consider themselves genuine TEA, are making up the difference. Full analysis at Rant Political
  • What I learned About America Working a TX Voting Location: I'm A Patriot and a Racist Apparently

    07/29/2012 11:42:15 AM PDT · by rightjb · 9 replies ^ | 7-29-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
     I did something I've never done before.  I "worked the polls" for Ted Cruz.  It was funny, fascinating and frightening.  I was called a racist and a patriot; I witness joy and anger; and I learned some very valuable lessons about myself and this county. I now see why listening to your friends and reading the blogs is no substitute for “getting on the ground.”  In Texas, there is a revolution brewing. My election efforts, for most of my life, have been limited to being a political junky when time allows, and cramming for my congressional, judicial, city, county and...
  • Texas Tea Party IRATE Over Dewhurst Attempt To Fake Grassroots Support

    07/26/2012 9:13:49 PM PDT · by rightjb · 11 replies ^ | 7-26-12 | PolitiJim (@politiJim)
    Today Dan Patrick, founder of the Tea Party Caucus in the Senate,  endorsed Lt. Governor David Dewhurst for the US Senate race.  It’s not a surprise that Dan Patrick has been secretly supporting Dewhurst.  Reports from Austin and Houston claim that Dan Patrick has been strong arming other Texas congressmen for weeks.  The petulant and unbalanced Dan Patrick interview of Ted Cruz, and the Dewhurst campaign’s dishonest, NBC-like editing in still another attack ad, have left voters furious.   Voters across Texas have been calling the Dewhurst campaign to express their displeasure and one Tea Party activist in Houston told...
  • Dewhurst wins support of Combs, Patrick

    07/26/2012 12:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 26, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday added her name to the long list of Texas elected officials who are backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst has been “relentless and focused on conservative principles,” said Combs, who credited the lieutenant governor for putting Texas in a strong economic position. “Fighting for principle is not always easy and it is not always visible,” Combs said at an Austin news conference. “I will tell you that actions speak a lot louder than words.” The low-key news conference at Run-Tex on Riverside Drive stands in stark contrast to...
  • Perry defends Dewhurst as conservative, blasts Washington group backing Cruz

    07/24/2012 9:06:46 AM PDT · by Qbert · 24 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 23 July 2012 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry gave a full-throated defense of the conservative bona fides of Senate GOP hopeful David Dewhurst on Monday, blasting the main political group supporting Dewhurst’s rival, Ted Cruz. The governor also raised the specter that a Cruz victory could hurt the prospects of the state’s soon-to-be senior senator, John Cornyn. “Craft me a conservative with a more conservative voting record than David Dewhurst, and we can have a conversation,” Perry said after he and Dewhurst cast early votes together at an Austin supermarket. “But there’s not one.” [Snip] He warned that Club for Growth is promoting...
  • Ted Cruz Outraises David Dewhurst. Dewhurst Reponds By Accusing Cruz of Supporting Pedophiles

    07/17/2012 6:56:52 AM PDT · by Qbert · 27 replies
    Redstate ^ | 7/17/2012 | Erick Erickson
    I have always had a lot of respect for the guys who are running David Dewhurst’s campaign, but I’m starting to see now why Rick Perry had no chance of getting elected President. The same team running Dewhurst’s campaign ran Perry’s Presidential campaign and has stooped to what I thought would be an impossible low. Contra the headline at, David Dewhurst actually raised less money than Ted Cruz. Dewhurst had to pump over $4 million into his campaign to save face and win the media spin that he outpaced Cruz. In fact, Cruz has raised $1.7 million and Dewhurst...
  • Cruz takes lead in Texas runoff

    07/12/2012 5:10:23 PM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 26 replies
    Publioc Policy Polling ^ | July 12, 2012 | Tom Jensen
    PPP's first poll of the Texas Senate runoff finds Ted Cruz with a surprising 49-44 lead and a much more enthusiastic cadre of supporters than former front runner David Dewhurst. Cruz's lead expands to a whooping 59-36 margin over Dewhurst among voters who describe themselves as 'very excited' about voting in the election. The lower turnout is, the better Cruz's chances will be. Dewhurst leads 51-43 with 'somewhat excited' voters and 50-36 with those who say they are 'not that excited.' The big question is whether those less enthused folks will actually bother to turn out or not. This race...
  • David Dewhurst Campaign Alters Taxpayer Funded Website to Cover Up Past Support for Amnesty.

    07/11/2012 12:39:55 PM PDT · by An American! · 19 replies
    RedState ^ | July 11, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    What else is he hiding? Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst’s Senate campaign might have just crossed a line it should not have crossed. Who else would be behind the Lt. Governor’s taxpayer funded website for his Lieutenant Governor’s Office suddenly deleting the transcript of a speech proving David Dewhurst has been lying about his position on illegal aliens? The speech is . . . well . . . it is gone. Poof. Again, the website is taxpayer funded and the document suddenly no longer there directly contradicted Dewhurst’s present statements on immigration in the Senate campaign. Now, David Dewhurst adamantly...
  • Houston Chronicle Endorses "Moderate" Dewhurst cause Ted Cruz too Conservative Republican 4 Senate

    07/07/2012 3:30:50 PM PDT · by davidbellow · 29 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 7/7/2012 | David Bellow
    If the Chronicle is Endorsing Dewhurst because Ted Cruz is too Conservative Republican then Cruz is the guy for me!   Editorial: Who should fill Hutchison's boots? Houston Chronicle Tuesday, May 15, 2012 There's a torrid race in the Texas Republican primary to replace a Washingtonmonument. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the first woman to represent the state of Texasin the Senate, is retiring after three-plus terms of service in the world's most exclusive club. Given a magic wand, we'd order up a replacement who would blend the skills ofHutchison with those of Lloyd Bentsen - with just...
  • Why Texas MUST Elect Ted Cruz for US Senate (Video) July 31st, 2012 Runoff Election

    06/28/2012 7:43:24 AM PDT · by davidbellow · 6 replies
    Texas Conservative Republican News ^ | 6/28/2012 | David Bellow
    Earlier this year, the big race I was involved in was to help get black, super conservative, Republican State Rep James White re-elected after White was attacked by Speaker Joe Straus via redistricting. White ended up beating a Straus Chairman, Mike "Tuffy" Hamilton. Now my focus has shifted to the US Senate race. This race is very important. It is a runoff election between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz. The Runoff Election Day is July 31st, 2012. Texas MUST elect Ted Cruz for US Senate July 31st! Let me first say that I do not hate David Dewhurst or think he is a liberal or a bad...
  • Dewhurst booed at Texas Republican Convention

    06/11/2012 3:40:57 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 11, 2012 | Cameron Joseph
    Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) was booed at his state party's convention on Saturday, a warning sign for the Senate candidate as he heads into his runoff against former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) as well as a sign of the increasing discord within the state party. Dewhurst received a tepid response to his speech and was booed when he sought to subtly attack Cruz and the outside groups backing him, according to the Texas Tribune. "This runoff is a clear election between a lifelong conservative businessman, a conservative leader, a Washington outsider and a lawyer who is...
  • TX: Numbers bode well for Dewhurst in runoff, his pollster says (counting his chickens.....)

    06/01/2012 1:52:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Austin-American Statesman ^ | May 29, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has strong support from repeated Republican primary voters as well as senior citizens, two groups that are more likely to turn out for a July runoff for U.S. Senate, according to a Dewhurst campaign memo written by pollster Mike Baselice. Supporters of former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite who placed second in Tuesday’s vote, have argued that Cruz would be favored in a runoff because his supporters are more enthusiastic and likely to show up for an unusual, mid-summer vote. So the Baselice memo was clearly intended to rebut that argument. Recent...
  • Perry: We don’t need outsiders’ views on Senate race (Are you listening, Sarah Palin?)

    06/01/2012 4:06:14 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 259 replies
    Texas Chronicle ^ | Friday June 1, 2012 | Peggy Fikac
    Gov. Rick Perry is once again slamming “out-of-state interest groups” backing former solicitor general Ted Cruz in his runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst –this time tweaking Sarah Palin, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint and Rick Santorum by suggesting their states could learn a lot from Texas, but Texas doesn’t need their advice on choosing its next U.S. senator. Perry, standing staunchly behind Dewhurst, brushed off the question about whether his own tea party credibility may be damaged by his opposition to Cruz, who has been endorsed by national conservative and tea party groups and figures (including Palin, DeMint and Santorum)...
  • Will Fear Decide Texas Senate Race?

    05/25/2012 1:07:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 25, 2012 | Katrina Trinko
    With the Texas state primary just days away, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is in the lead to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate, and according to some observers, one of the factors he has working in his favor is fear. In Texas, the lieutenant governorship is a hugely powerful position. Its occupant is the leader of the state senate, meaning he appoints committee chairmen and members, determines the order in which bills are taken up, and decides which committees get to handle specific pieces of legislation. At the very least, everyone has to be aware of the sway...
  • Santorum endorses Ted Cruz in Texas Senate race

    05/24/2012 11:11:02 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 24, 2012 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz on Thursday gained yet another high-profile endorsement, this time from Rick Santorum. "Ted Cruz is spellbinding, a tremendous orator and principled," Santorum said on Glenn Beck's radio show Thursday morning, according to Santorum's staff. "We need people who can motivate and lead … Ted has that capability." Santorum reportedly said Cruz, a former state solicitor general, is a "good, conservative vote" and can "engage" beyond taxes and spending. Santorum repeated much of the same praise during an appearance on Dallas radio station WBAP, telling host Ben Ferguson that he's known Cruz for 5 or 6...
  • Texas Poll: Dewhurst 40, Cruz 31

    05/21/2012 12:00:07 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 59 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 21, 2012 | Michael Warren
    The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Texas is now within nine points, according to a new poll. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst with 40 percent, while his challenger, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, is at 31 percent. Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert is in third at 17 percent. With the the May 29 primary just a week away, Cruz appears to be gaining ground on Dewhurst. He's been aided in his effort to be the conservative alternative to Dewhurst by an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who recently recorded a robocall to Texas...
  • Poll: Cruz gaining on Dewhurst in U.S. Senate race

    04/25/2012 4:30:45 PM PDT · by Bevo · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | April 25, 2012 | Kate Alexander
    UPDATED: Poll: Cruz gaining on Dewhurst in U.S. Senate race By Kate Alexander | Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:31 PM Updated at 2:45 p.m. with comment from Leppert campaign A new outside poll suggests that Ted Cruz is making up ground on Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican pirmary for U.S. Senate. Dewhurst still leads with the backing of 38 percent of the respondents but the support for Cruz has increased to 26 percent in the crowded primary. In January, the last time Public Policy Polling looked at the race, Cruz was favored by 18 percent of those surveyed....
  • Rick Perry Endorses Dewhurst in TX Senate Race

    04/19/2012 12:16:27 PM PDT · by Sic Parvis Magna · 29 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/19/2012 | Richard Dunham
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry this morning endorsed David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison... In a tweet this morning, Dewhurst (@DavidHDewhurst) declared, “I’m honored that veteran and conservative champion @GovernorPerry is endorsing our campaign for U.S. Senate"... Perry praised Dewhurst’s loyalty and said he was glad to return the favor.
  • Lieutenant governor breaks with Perry on tuition

    09/27/2011 9:50:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is breaking with Gov. Rick Perry by opposing in-state college tuition rates for illegal immigrants. Dewhurst, running for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Kay Bailey Hutchison, says he understands Perry's arguments but says his stance is all about fairness.
  • Tommy Lee Jones For Senate: New Poll Says He Could Kick Ass

    07/02/2011 7:01:21 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 56 replies
    Houston Press ^ | 30 June 2011 | Richard Connelly
    The movement to draft Tommy Lee Jones to run as a Democrat to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison is most likely doomed to failure, but a new poll shows Jones might be a viable candidate. Public Policy Polling released its survey today on the 2012 Senate race, and it shows Jones with the best favorable/unfavorable combo among possible candidates. It also shows he is within range of two Republican candidates, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert, in head-to-head matchups. Dewhurst beats him 43-39 percent, and Leppert by only 38-37. "A Jones candidacy is probably a pipe dream...