Ted Cruz

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…

Could Chinese patent case cause trouble for Cruz?

Oct 3, 2011 By Paul Burka

A commenter tipped me to this story that appears on a new San Antonio blog called Plaza de Armas. The bloggers are former investigative reporters for the San Antonio Express News and the Current. The gist of the story is that U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz, a well known attorney, is representing a Chinese conglomerate called Shandog Linglong in a major patent infringement case. I have copied the story from the Plaza de Armas blog. The story appears in italics, below: Many politicians are lawyers by trade, but politicians and lawyers operate under a sharply different set of standards. For example, in the legal world, where every defendant is deserving of representation, taking the case of a suspected domestic terrorist is just doing your job. In the political world, however, where every public word you’ve ever uttered isruthlessly dissected for potential talking points, photo ops with Timothy McVeigh don’tplay so well on election day. Since leaving the office of Texas solicitor general in 2008, Ted Cruz has been followingthe code of the legal world, as a successful appellate lawyer with the prominent Houstonfirm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. These days, as a candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Kay Bailey Hutchison, he is also emerging as the golden boy of Texas Republican politics. Slick and highly articulate, Cruz has the kind of “God Bless the U.S.A.” bio that mostpoliticians need professional fiction writers to manufacture: Dad escapes political torturein Cuba, lands in Austin with $100 sewn in his underwear, works his way through theUniversity of Texas by washing dishes for 50 cents an hour, and inspires his son to make it to Harvard Law School. Cruz has stirred an all-out man-crush in veteran columnist George Will, earned the endorsements of a host of GOP-friendly organizations (includingthe Hispanic Republicans of Texas), and can claim Ronald Reagan’s old pal, Ed Meese,as his national campaign chairman. But Cruz’s decision to represent a Chinese conglomerate in a high-stakes patent piracy case could cause him some political headaches over the next year.

Is Dewhurst too complacent?

Jul 15, 2011 By Paul Burka

When I first wrote about the race for U.S. Senate, I said that there was no race, that Dewhurst has a huge lead in fundraising and name I.D. I still think that Dewhurst has the advantage over Ted Cruz, but, even in a state as big as Texas, there is…

The Senate race

Jul 5, 2011 By Paul Burka

Is it even worth writing about? Dewhurst has the money and the name I.D. Tom Leppert has neither. Cruz has a great reputation as a lawyer but little else. Dewhurst has already driven most of the hopefuls out of the race and into contests for Congress–the worst job in American…

Ron Paul: Texas’s next senator?

Jan 27, 2011 By Paul Burka

The Morning News reports that the Texas congressman is considering a run for the Senate. [I am having trouble with the link.] Paul is not going to be able to resist the chance to serve in the Senate alongside his son. If he runs, who is going to beat him? The guy with…