Archive for July, 2012

High profile Tea Party leaders stumping for Cruz

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz is getting some high profile support in his bid for US Senate. The Cruz campaign announced today that national Tea Party leaders including Senator Jim DeMint, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin will attend a ‘Get out the Vote’ rally in The Woodlands, Friday.

Some state leaders are also lending their names to the Cruz cause. Julie Turner of the Texas Patriots Tea Party, Ken Emanuelson of the Dallas Tea Party and Waco Tea Party leader Toby Walker are also slated to attend.

New Dewhurst ad hits TV ahead of runoff election

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is out with a new television ad, five days before the primary runoff election. The ad is called ‘Texas v. Washington,’ and once again takes shots at Dewhurst’s opponent, former Solicitor General, Ted Cruz.

Dewhurst touts his experience as a business man, and criticizes Cruz’s time as an attorney. You can watch the :30 spot, here:

Dewhurst resurrects Cruz radio interview in new ad

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s latest radio ad resurrects a heated Houston radio interview between his opponent, Ted Cruz, and conservative State Sen. Dan Patrick. During the June interview, Patrick accused Cruz of lying and criticized him for his campaign attacks.

The two also got into an argument over whether or not Patrick had formally endorsed Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for Senate.

Dewhurst’s new ad accuses Cruz of being "incapable of hearing the truth, as evident when confronted with the facts about David’s Dewhurst’s conservative record by Senator Patrick."

You can listen to the :60 ad, here:

Dewhurst announces Leppert endorsement

It’s been almost than two months since Tom Leppert was forced to settle for a third place finish in the Texas republican U.S Senate primary. Tonight, following a debate with Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that he’d earned the former Dallas mayor’s endorsement.

A joint statement released by the Dewhurst campaign read:

“Our economy is struggling with millions of Americans out of work and many more worried about their jobs," said Tom Leppert. “In addition, we have a fiscal situation that has brought us literally to the brink. Far too many of our elected representatives in Washington simply do not have the experience of working in the private sector. They have not created jobs or balanced budgets. Simply said, they do not understand how the economy works."

“We must elect leaders who have the experience of creating jobs and dealing with the fiscal issues facing our nation – leaders with a practical understanding of what makes our country work," Leppert continued. “David Dewhurst has that experience and it is for that reason that I endorse David Dewhurst for the U.S. Senate. David has created jobs and understands the private sector. He has proven his leadership skills in the private and public sectors and will be an asset to Texas in Washington."

“I’m honored to have the support and endorsement of Mayor Tom Leppert," said David Dewhurst. “In the private sector, Tom Leppert created thousands of jobs and his business acumen was second to none. As Mayor, he helped make Dallas the most successful economy in Texas. I’m proud that Tom is supporting our campaign to take the Texas model to Washington and protect the American Dream for future generations."

“The skills necessary to fight for our country’s economy were instilled in me in the boardroom, not the courtroom"; Dewhurst continued. “And the strength necessary to fight for country’s freedom was instilled in me in boot camp, not debate camp. It’s time to take America back from President Obama and the D.C. insiders destroying the American Dream."

Dewhurst and Cruz will face off in the U.S Senate GOP primary runoff on July 31. Recent poll numbers
show Cruz ousting Dewhurst from the lead. Cruz also out-raised Dewhurst in the last quarter of fundraising.

Perry calls on Obama to release college transcripts

Governor Perry says all candidates should be transparent, but stopped short of calling on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns, Tuesday.

His response to the question posed by a reporter at the State Capitol is a far cry from his stance during his time on the campaign trail. As a presidential candidate, Perry hounded Romney to be more transparent and urged him to release his returns. Romney did eventually disclose two years worth, which is fewer than previous candidates. Democrats are now calling on him to release more years.

During a media availability, Tuesday, Perry told the press "no matter who you are, or no matter what office you’re running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so people have the appropriate ability to judge your background."

He then turned the focus to the Obama campaign — and the president’s law school transcripts. Perry said "I certainly think that it is inappropriate for the president of the United States to not keep his college transcript and his law school transcripts public. He should make those all available. So I’m all about transparency."

Candidates don’t traditionally disclose their school records. Romney hasn’t released his transcripts, either.

Perry releases statement on Obama visit

Gov. Rick Perry released a statement ahead of President Obama’s visit to Texas, today. He criticized the administration’s handling of Texas’ voter ID law. Perry took exception to comments the US Attorney General made while addressing the NAACP in Houston, last week.

Eric Holder told members he would do everything possible to keep the law from taking effect; likening it to a "poll tax."

Gov. Perry issued this statement, today:

“Perhaps while the President is visiting Texas, he can take a break from big-dollar fundraisers to disavow his Attorney General’s offensive and incendiary comments regarding our common-sense voter identification law.

“In labeling the Texas voter ID law as a “poll tax,” Eric Holder purposefully used language designed to inflame passions and incite racial tension. It was not only inappropriate, but simply incorrect on its face.

“The president should apologize for Holder’s imprudent remarks and for his insulting lawsuit against the people of Texas.”

In March, the Department of Justice denied the state preclearance for the voter ID legislation, which was passed last session. Texas is one of several southern states that has to get approval for changing to voting laws, based on a history of discrimination.

The state sued, asking a federal district court to overturn the ruling. Testimony in that trial wrapped up last week, and a three judge panel in Washington D.C. will ultimately decide if the law should be implemented. That ruling is expected in August.

Friday Senate race update

Dewhurst launches new online ad

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is launching a fresh round of attack ads. The online released today entitled ‘What is Ted Cruz Hiding’ spot takes aim at Cruz’s missed deadline to disclose his personal finance statement and his work for a Pennsylvania developer at the center of the so-called ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal.

Cruz banking on ‘donation surge’

Ted Cruz, meanwhile, is trying to capitalize on yesterday’s poll numbers that showed him running ahead of Dewhurst. His campaign launched a ‘donation surge’ yesterday. The campaign and its supporters took to Twitter, urging voters to keep the momentum going. This evening, the campaign touted its 450+ donations.

Cornyn calls on FBI to make Fort Hood shooting report public

Sen. John Cornyn says the public has a right to see the FBI’s independent review of the November 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. Thirteen people were killed and dozens more injured when federal authorities say Maj. Nidal Hasan opened fire on a soldier readiness center.

This isn’t the first time the Fort Hood case has reached Capitol Hill; or the first time the FBI has found itself under a microscope. Last year, a Senate report blamed the FBI and the US Army for not acting on information that could have prevented the mass shooting. The report took aim at the FBI for failing to "link Hasan’s first [REDACTED] communications" to radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In his letter, Cornyn writes, "The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident."

You can read the full letter, here:

Dear Director Mueller:

I write today regarding the independent review of the actions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the November 5, 2009, attack on Fort Hood, Texas. It is my understanding that the final report of the review team, led by Judge William Webster, will be submitted to you today.

According to news reports, Judge Webster will submit a 150-page report, containing findings and 18 formal recommendations for necessary reforms in a range of areas within the Bureau. As you know, the report is expected to provide a critical, objective assessment of the role the Bureau played both before this terrible attack and during its aftermath. It will also shed light on what remedial measures the Bureau has taken since then to foreclose the possibility of future attacks of this nature.

This report is a matter of tremendous public importance, and I call on you to release an unclassified version of it as soon as possible. In doing so, I urge you to personally ensure that the contents of the report are not unnecessarily classified to shield their public release, because such action would come directly at the expense of transparency and accountability. The key findings and recommendations of this report must be made public, so we can glean any and all lessons from this incident. The American people and specifically the Fort Hood community in Texas have the right to know.

The federal government has a fundamental duty to our men and women in uniform to safeguard them against avoidable harm. We must protect the protectors whenever and wherever we are able, especially at home on United States soil. Our government failed the brave Americans who were killed and wounded at Fort Hood that day. The devastation inflicted on them was preventable, and we must make it a high priority to ascertain exactly where the system broke down and ensure it does not happen again.

Thank you for your prompt attention to my request.

Cruz leading Dewhurst in new poll

With three weeks until the Texas primary runoff elections it’s still anyone’s guess who will win the Republican US Senate race.

While Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has been campaigning as the frontrunner, a new Public Policy Polling survey shows him trailing former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, 49-44. That margin is even wider when talking to voters who describe themselves as ‘very excited’ to vote. In that case, Cruz leads with a 59-36 margin.

Cruz has enjoyed plenty of Tea Party support in the form of million-dollar campaign contributions from groups like the Club for Growth. PPP calls this race ‘one of the most stark examples of the Tea Party movement propelling a candidate that we’ve seen to date."

Full poll results can be found here.

Dewhurst, Cruz spar over late disclosure form

It’s been a bitter battle for the Republican nomination to fill Kay Bailey Hutchison’s U.S. Senate seat, and three weeks out from runoff election day, the candidates aren’t letting up on their attacks.

Ted Cruz’s campaign is confirming claims it missed a filing deadline for Cruz’s financial disclosure forms. They acknowledged the mistake and that they were forced to pay a $200 fine for filing two months late.

The Dewhurst campaign was quick to jump on the story, calling him "Short Fuse Cruz."

"Today it was exposed that Ted Cruz failed to file his personal financial disclosure with the Senate Ethics Committee and was penalized with the maximum fine," said Dewhurst for Texas Advisor Mark Miner in a statement. "What is Short Fuse Cruz hiding? What other shady clients is he trying to shield? The Dewhurst for Texas campaign demands that Ted Cruz release his Personal Financial Disclosure form, and disclose other possible fines and campaign ethics breaches. We seriously doubt this is the only one."

The Cruz campaign fired back, challenging Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to explain why his office deleted past speeches from his official web site. The Cruz campaign’s Twitter account tweeted "[David Dewhurst] Speech Advocating Guest Worker Program for Illegal Immigrants Vanishes from Site," linking to a story on the National Review’s website.

Dewhurst’s campaign says it was the Lieutenant Governor’s office which asked for all past speeches to be removed. A spokeswoman for Dewhurst said they do not know why the state office wanted the speeches taken down.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.