After backing Michelle Bachman in Minnesota and Marco Rubio in Florida, Tea Party political action committees are now eyeing up U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz as their potential new project and helping him secure his bid to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
According financial disclosure data from the Houston Chronicle, SuperPAC arms of the Tea Party fund-raising organizations have already spent over $100,000 on Cruz, with the South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint-led Senate Conservatives Fund boasting that it is investing $280,000 to get Cruz elected.
The key to winning this race is for conservatives to unite behind Ted Cruz and help him raise the support he needs to get his message out and defeat the establishment.
- South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint
Cruz is the former Solicitor General of Texas and holds the distinctions of being the state's first Latino Solicitor General in Texas, the youngest Solicitor General in America and the longest to hold the position in Texas. He announced in 2009 that he was running for Attorney General of Texas, but later withdrew when incumbent Greg Abbott decided to seek re-election.
Sen. DeMint has called for an “all-out SCF Surge” to help Cruz defeat his rival, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who has self-financed just under half of his campaign.
“Ted is running against a well-known Republican with deep pockets,” DeMint stated onthe group’s website. “SCF members helped launch Josh Mandel’s campaign in Ohio this past June by investing over $110,000 in his campaign in just over 48 hours, and now we need to do the same for Ted Cruz in Texas.”
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"The key to winning this race is for conservatives to unite behind Ted Cruz and help him raise the support he needs to get his message out and defeat the establishment," DeMint added.
Club for Growth PAC, another group supporting Cruz, drew comparisons to another Tea Party Latino, Marco Rubio. “We endorsed Marco Rubio when he was 30 points down to Charlie Christ, and now they call him Senator Rubio,” said Barney Keller, spokesman for Club for Growth, according to the Houston Chronicle.