18 TX GOP Senators say Cruz attacks untrue against Dewhurst
AUSTIN – Throughout the hotly-contested Texas US Senate race, attorney Ted Cruz (above right) has repeatedly slammed Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for last year killing the Anti-Sanctuary Cities and Anti-TSA Groping bills, plus favoring raising state taxes and establishing a state income tax to balance the state budget.
Now, in an effort “to set the record straight,” 18 Republican State Senators have jointly written and signed a letter just released by the Texas Senate Republican Caucus stating “statements have been made that are untrue regarding the records of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, the Republican Texas Senators, as well as Governor Rick Perry.”
The 18 include such prominent senators as Caucus Chairman Robert Nichols, Bob Deuell, Jane Nelson, Craig Estes, Dan Patrick and Florence Shapiro.
“Texans deserve to know the truth in this important election,” they wrote, explaining that the Senate eventually passed the TSA and sanctuary cities bills in last year’s special session but both died due to opposition in the House and Dewhurst was not to blame.
“During the Regular Session, the Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill was blocked by the Democrats through the use of a parliamentary procedure. The Lt. Governor asked Governor Perry to call a special session, removed the parliamentary block, and the bill then passed the Senate along party lines early in Special Session on June 14th. The bill was sent to the House early in the Special Session where it failed to move and died.”
They added that they and Dewhurst have always opposed a state income tax, as well as a wage or payroll tax.
“We the undersigned, and the Lt. Governor, have always opposed a state income tax for Texas, as well as a wage or payroll tax. Newspaper fact checks clearly confirm this.”
Dewhurst has repeatedly denied Cruz’ charges, stating his record shows he’s the most fiscally and socially conservative lieutenant governor in state history.
In addition to Gov. Perry’s endorsement, the letter is a sign that many Republicans are firmly lining up behind Dewhurst in the July 31 Primary Run-Off Election. In the May 31 Primary, Cruz surprised many political observers by finishing a strong second, 45-34%. Polls show Cruz enjoys strong tea party voter support and that his supporters may be more energetic about voting for Cruz than Dewhurst’s are.
The winner of the race will be highly favored to win the Nov. 6 General Election because there are more Republican voters in Texas and they have a huge fundraising advantage over Democrats.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher