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Cruz v. Dewhurst: Endorsements are telling

There is much at stake for not only Texas, but the nation in the July 31st GOP primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. If four conservative seats are gained in the Senate, the Republicans can steer the ship of state back on course. This is only possible if no currently conservative seat is lost in November and that the successful candidates don’t change their political spots once safely in office.

Ted Cruz campaign
Ted Cruz Campaign

There is an old adage that you’ll know them by their fruit; meaning that you can tell a lot about a person by what they produce in their lives. In particular, a lot can be said about a candidate for political office by who endorses them. David Dewhurst’s endorsements read like the Chamber of Commerce directory for the State of Texas. The same cannot be said for his opponent, Ted Cruz. Primarily the organizations backing Cruz are focused on restoring America to its constitutionally limited government. Dewhurst, on the other hand, has five different public employee organizations/unions, Texas mainstream newspapers and the Texas Credit Union League. The personal Cruz endorsements are all of the major movers in the constitutional grassroots movement.

When Ted Cruz was speaking at the Park Cities/Preston Hollow Tea Party last month, he had the following to say about an accusation that his endorsements were from DC insiders:

“I’ve got to say that if Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, James Dobson are DC insiders…hallelujah, we have truly turned this country around.”

Since we are known by the company we keep, endorsements are quite telling. If voters consider the company each candidate has attracted at the end of this month, it will allow them to vote with people of similar values. In the end, this contest will be a referendum on the future of the Republican Party in Texas. The question that will be settled is whether or not the constitutional conservative grass roots element of the GOP can wrestle control from the more centrist establishment leadership that produces more of the same?

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