Cruz Caught Between Contending Political Obligations

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Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 07:06 AM

By Elliot Jager

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A Senate Conservatives Fund call for a boycott on contributions to the National Republican Senatorial Committee has placed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in a quandary, Roll Call reported.

Cruz is a vice chairman of the NRSC and is closely aligned with the SCF.

The Senate Conservatives Fund was founded by former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of the Heritage Foundation. Ken Cuccinelli, SCF president, called for defunding the NRSC in the wake of the defeat of state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a Mississippi runoff against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.

The SCF supported McDaniel. Cochran was backed by the NRSC.

Cochran overcame McDaniel by mobilizing the support of African American Democratic voters. He came in behind McDaniel in the earlier GOP primary.

"The Senate Republican establishment betrayed the grass-roots and recruited Democrats in Mississippi to defeat Chris McDaniel," the SCF petition stated. "Fight back by pledging not to donate to the National Republican Senatorial Committee."

Cruz has made no comment on the petition, according to Roll Call. He has previously committed himself not to come out against incumbent Republican senators.

His involvement with the SCF has been on behalf of candidates engaged in contests where there are no GOP incumbents, such as in Oklahoma, where Sen. Tom Coburn's seat has become open due to his retirement.

"Majority-Leader-Wannabe Mitch McConnell, NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran, and the others who supported Thad Cochran's disgraceful attacks on Chris McDaniel are part of the problem," Cuccinelli wrote. "These politicians don't believe in the principles of freedom that make America great. Their ideology is power and they will do anything to keep it," according to Roll Call.


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