With the Iowa caucuses, New Hampshire primary, Christmas and 2011 behind me, I am focusing on the all important U.S. Senate races in this first “introduction” post. Don’t move on because you are not from Texas. All politics ARE NOT local. The winner of the Texas race, every winner around the country, and their votes, will affect your freedom and quality of life every day. So, Texas is a good place to start, where Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat is vacated due to retirement. Ted Cruz is first in fundraising, is considered among the top three in the race, along with David Dewhurst and Tom Leppert, and is first in the heart’s of Texas Republican women. Conservative women are tough, serious, decisive and not to be confused with the “women’s vote” discussed by Liberal media.
TED CRUZ is endorsed by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a huge endorsement, as well as Conservative Senators Rand Paul (KY), Pat Toomey (PA) and Mike Lee (UT) He is the only candidate in the U.S. to-date to be endorsed by three of the leading conservative organizations in this primary: Club for Growth PAC, FreedomWorks PAC and the Senate Conservatives Fund. Other significant backers: Concerned Women [for America] PAC, David Barton, Dr. James Dobson, and over 200 of the state’s leading Republican women.
Cruz is a former Texas Solicitor General, leaving that position in 2008. He was the first Hispanic Solicitor General for the state, the youngest Solicitor General in the nation and the longest serving Solicitor General in Texas, giving him opportunities to argue 9 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and author 80+ Supreme Court briefs. This article says he defeated Barack Obama in one of those arugments. Currently Mr. Cruz is a partner in a Houston lawfirm where he leads the company’s U.S. Supreme Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law and clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist on the U.S. Supreme Court and was the first Hispanic to have done so for a SCOTUS justice. Read his bio here.
He graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude and served as a Primary Editor of the Harvard Law Review, an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a Founding Editor of the Harvard Latino Law Review.
The national chairman of the Cruz campaign is Ed Meese, who was a powerful influence inside the Reagan White House. Ted’s father immigrated from Cuba as a teenager with $100 sewn into his underwear. He and his wife Heidi have two small daughters. Read a Charles Krauthammer George Will column on Cruz, June 2011, in the Washington Post here.
From the Cruz campaign:
At straw polls across Texas, Ted’s average margin of victory over David Dewhurst hasn’t been 5% or 10%, it’s been 42.7%.
DAVID DEWHURST is the current Texas Lieutenant Governor under Governor Rick Perry, and is endorsed by Mike Huckabee, the HuckPAC, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Oil and Gas PAC, the Texas Restaurant Association, BEEF-PAC, three former Presidents of the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.
Dewhurst is a businessman and rancher and has been the Texas Lieutenant Governor since 2003. He is the first Republican since Reconstruction to be elected Texas Land Commissioner. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, worked for the CIA and the U.S. State Department. He was a champion “cutting horse rider,” and was inducted into the Texas Rodeo Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2009.
David and his wife, Tricia, have one young daughter. Read his bio here.
TOM LEPPERT is endorsed by Troy Aikman, Heisman winner Roger Staubach and numerous other Dallas Cowboys. See his list of Pastor endorsements here.
He is a former Mayor of Dallas, 2007 – February 2011, and as Mayor, this Dallas News Report says Leppert “pursued and got” SEIU union endorsements. See the list of other Texas Mayors endorsing Leppert here.
Tom has been recognized as CEO of the Year 2008, received the Torch of Conscience Award from the American Jewish Congress, the Russell H. Perry Free enterprise Award from Dallas Baptist University and Texas Businessman of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Business. He and his wife Laura have two sons and a daughter, all three currently in college. Read Leppert’s bio here.
Also in the Texas U.S. Senate Republican primary race are: Glenn Addison, Joe Agris, Curt Cleaver, Ben Gambini, Charles Holcomb, Craig James and Lela Pittenger.
David Dewhurst has been monikered “Ducking Dewhurst” by the Cruz campaign for “ducking” out of a scheduled debate not long ago, and allegedly on a total of 19 candidate forums. Tomorrow, July 12th, the candidates will be on the stage debating in Austin. I’m fighting a casino-building project in my neighborhood and will be at a protest, so must miss it. Watch it streaming live here.
Taking the majority in the Senate is as important as winning the presidency, as a strong Senate and a strengthened House is the only option to stop the rampant Obama lawlessness, should we not win the Oval. Keep track of what is happening in your state at my Election Central in the menu under my banner. Senate races here.