The United States Supreme Court 5 – 4 decision upholding Obamacare raises the stakes in the U.S. Senate GOP primary race between Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst. Moreover, Texas voters should be aware of the difference between the establishment Republican candidate, David Dewhurst, and his Constitutionally conservative opponent, Ted Cruz. If a mere four additional Constitutional conservatives are gained in the Senate, the possibility of repealing Obamacare becomes a much different prospect than if the Democrats retain control of the Senate.
The foundation of the Cruz campaign has been to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law. As the Texas Solicitor General, Cruz successfully argued before the Supreme Court that the State of Texas’ sovereignty was supreme even over international law.
“Today’s decision makes this Senate race in Texas all the more important. My opponent is, by nature and by over a decade of political office, a conciliator. Now is not a time for conciliation. The Senate will be the battleground on Obamacare, and I intend to lead the fight to repeal every word of it.”
In 2002, as Texas Land Commissioner at the time, David Dewhurst was the subject of an article by Austin Chronicle writer, Robert Bryce with the headline “Weird, Spooky and Rich” during his campaign for Lt. Governor. In it, Bryce highlights the “lack of trust between Dewhurst and the members” of the Legislative Redistricting Board and that “several Republican senators met with Dewhurst and were led to believe that he would follow their recommendations in voting to re-draw the districts. According to several sources close to the matter, Dewhurst reneged on his pledge.”
July 31st, Texas voters will need to decide if this establishment Republican candidate will also renege on any promises made in this campaign cycle. Or will they put their trust in a candidate, Ted Cruz, who during their televised debate said he would “repeal every syllable of every word of Obamacare?”
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