By Gary P Jackson
Sarah Palin has endorsed Texas Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz for the United States Senate.
Cruz is the former Solicitor General of Texas, and will be facing current Lt Governor David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert in the May 29th Republican primary.
From the campaign’s website:
Governor Sarah Palin Endorses Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate
By James Bernsen
AUSTIN — Just four days before the start of early voting in the Texas Senate primary, the Ted Cruz campaign announced the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd Palin.
In response to a letter from Ted Cruz, Governor Sarah Palin wrote: “We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State.”
“Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack,” Governor Palin added. “Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.”
Ted Cruz responded, “Governor Palin has been an inspiration to conservatives across Texas and across the Nation. She is principled and passionate and never afraid to speak truth to establishment power. I am humbled and honored to have Governor Palin’s support as we fight to restore fiscal sanity to the circus that is Washington. With Governor Palin’s support, and the support of tens of thousands of conservatives from all across Texas, we will turn our country around, rein in out-of-control spending and debt in Washington, and restore the Constitution.”
To date, the Cruz campaign has received donations from over 19,000 individuals, from over 843 Texas cities, 225 Texas counties, and all 50 States. The average donation is under $200.
In addition, the campaign has earned endorsements from many of the top conservative leaders in Texas and nationally, including: Tea Party Express, Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Rand Paul, Dr. James Dobson, Cathie Adams, George P. Bush, Gun Owners of America, Family Research Council Action PAC, FreedomWorks, Texas Home School Coalition PAC, Kelly Shackelford, David Barton, Peggy Venable, Young Conservatives of Texas, over 200 Texas Republican women leaders, and many more.
This is a significant endorsement for Cruz, though not unexpected. David Dewhurst is very much a “good old boy” establishment Republican. He would be a clone of the unreliable Senator he is replacing, Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Texas has a chance to send a real, principled Conservative to represent us in Washington. That would be a great change over what we have now, for sure. Who knows, maybe some of Cruz’s mojo will wear off on Senator Cornyn!
Bill Kristol over at The Weekly Standard wrote yesterday:
Is Texas Next?
Richard Mourdock’s big primary victory over incumbent senator Dick Lugar in Indiana suggests that the insurgent Tea Party conservatism of 2009-2010 is alive and well in the 2012 Republican party. (On the other hand, Keith Judd’s showing against President Obama in Tuesday’s West Virginia Democratic presidential primary—the federal inmate won a higher percentage of the vote against the president than Lugar managed against Mourdock!—suggests something wacky is going on among Democrats, at least in West Virginia. Maybe, as Iowahawk suggests, what West Virginia Democrats were saying was, “If I had a son, he’d look like Inmate 11593-051”?)
In any case, it seems doubtful that Mourdock’s victory will be a one-off. Where might a conservative insurgent win next? Where might Tea Party conservatism again rear its (ugly, to the establishment; fetching, to some of us) head?
Texas. Ted Cruz, an impressive young conservative lawyer—recently solicitor general of Texas, before that a Supreme Court law clerk—trails the incumbent lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, by about ten points in the latest polls in the race for the GOP nomination for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat. Cruz has (amazingly) raised almost as much money as Dewhurst (who is wealthy and can self-fund, however).
And Cruz seems to have all the momentum. If no one gets 50 percent of the vote on May 29, there’s a runoff, and that would mean real trouble for Dewhurst. So the question is whether Cruz can hold Dewhurst short of 50 percent (there are a couple of other candidates running in high single digits), and whether he might even get to 50 percent himself? Dewhurst seems desperate: His main advertising message now is an attack on Cruz because one of the cases his law firm (of 1,200 lawyers) has is on behalf of a Chinese company in a commercial dispute. This apparently makes Cruz a pro-Chinese Communist!
A U.S. Senate with Ted Cruz (and Josh Mandel of Ohio) joining Marco Rubio and Kelly Ayotte, to mention only two members of the GOP class of 2010, will be a much improved Senate. A Senate with David Dewhurst will be more of the same.
So after Indiana, for the next three weeks, conservative eyes will be on Texas.
As you know, who ever wins the Republican primary will be the next Senator from Texas, so this is an incredibly important election.
I stand with Sarah 100% with her endorsement of Cruz. I hope all of my fellow Texans will join me on May 29th and vote to send Ted Cruz to Washington.
Here is Ted Cruz commenting on the Obama regime’s Fast & Furious scandal: