Decision 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.

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.

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.

Gov. Perry endorses Roger Williams in CD25 runoff

Gov. Perry endorsed Roger Williams in the runoff election for Congressional District 25. Williams is running against Wes Riddle is in the July 31 runoff.

"I strongly endorse Roger Williams for Congress because I know Roger will truly work to overhaul Washington, D.C.," Governor Perry said in a statement. "Washington is broken and needs new people with sound, private sector experience to help bring about limited government, conservative changes for America. Roger Williams will be a leader to stop Barack Obama’s socialist agenda, make Congress abide by the Constitution, and develop conservative solutions to help strengthen our economy."

"I am honored to have Governor Perry endorse me for Congress," Roger Williams said in the same press release. "I have been proud to help elect and re-elect Governor Perry and I believe he is the most conservative governor in America. In 2010, while I was working hard to re-elect our conservative Republican governor, my opponent was serving as the campaign manager for a third-party challenger trying to defeat Governor Perry. I’m proud to be the conservative candidate in this race."

TV campaigns begin in SD 25 runoff

Donna Campbell released her first television campaign ad Monday. Campbell’s campaign calls the ad "a positive spot," in a state Senate campaign that got ugly leading up to the primary. However, most of the mud was slung by former Railroad Commissioner Elizabeth Ames Jones and incumbent Senator Jeff Wentworth.

The ad, titled "Called to Serve" began airing in Austin and San Antonio Monday morning. In it Campbell, an emergency room doctor, wears a doctor’s coat and speaks to a patient in a hospital bed.

"For too long career politicians have put a band-aid on our state budget. That’s not going to fly," Campbell says in the ad.

Sen. Wentworth also released a TV ad on Monday. Wentworth’s, called "Relentless Problem Solver," is focused on his record in the Texas Senate.

"Jeff Wentworth is constantly fighting for new roads to deal with our exploding population. He hates traffic jams," the ad says.

It goes on to tout his record on the state water crisis, with state Rep. Doug Miller saying various state water agencies are now working together, thanks to Wentoworth.

You can watch both of the ads below.