Ted Cruz

RedState’s Erickson praises Cruz choice for chief of staff

Dec 3, 2012 By Paul Burka

It’s Chip Roy, who was the chief ghostwriter for Rick Perry’s Fed Up! Erickson is especially impressedthat Cruz did not turn to a K Street lobbying firm for a chief, as many new members do. Erickson writes: [The decision] signals Senator-Elect Ted Cruz is not going to…

PPP: Cruz +10

Jul 30, 2012 By Paul Burka

The race has been moving in this direction for months now. Nothing Dewhurst has tried has changed the dynamics of the race at all. If anything, the millions Dewhurst has spent on TV have hurt his own campaign. The China ad and the Kids for Cash scandal ad…

The last debate is now history [see UPDATE, below]

Jul 23, 2012 By Paul Burka

Dewhurst gave his best performance of the campaign, but it may not matter.  He still has a tendency to be stiff and wooden. It’s almost painful to watch him struggle to achieve fluency. Cruz has a big edge as a speaker; he reeled off points, “One…two…three…four.” It was good debating…

Dewhurst’s new consultant

Jun 18, 2012 By Paul Burka

It’s Rick Perry. Well, not exactly. What has happened is that Team Perry has taken over the Dewhurst campaign. Dave Carney is in charge. Mark Miner has joined the communications team. Rob Johnson is heading up the Super PAC. Everyone understands what that means. It means that the Perry playbook…

Dewhurst’s fatal mistake

Jun 1, 2012 By Paul Burka

Dewhurst has no business being behind the eight-ball in this race. His campaign should have wiped the floor with Ted Cruz. In late January, Cruz’s name ID was 40%. All Dewhurst had to do was stay with his message–that is, touting his record as a conservative light guv and basically…

The problem for Republicans in Texas

Jan 16, 2012 By Paul Burka

This was Kate Alexander’s main takeaway from the Senate debate. I don’t think it was any surprise that the top-heavy favorite in the race was on the defensive. If anything, as I wrote in my report on the debate on Friday, I thought Cruz missed opportunities…

The Empower Texans U.S. Senate debate: no clear winner

Jan 13, 2012 By Paul Burka

Tom Leppert’s pitch was that when he became the mayor of Dallas, the biggest problem was crime, and he brought it down by 31%. “I’ve been there, I’ve done it.” Good talking point, but not what is uppermost in the minds of primary voters. Craig James kept saying that he…