Popularity, Cash Follow Cruz After Shutdown Battle

Sunday, 20 Oct 2013 08:39 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Texas Republican Ted Cruz is riding high after his budget battle with the Obama administration and moderates within the Republican Party.

His campaign reported having over $1 million on hand, including a recent $1,000 contribution from veteran political strategist Mary Matalin, who worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Other Cruz donors include real estate executive Woody Hunt and the Gun Owners of America PAC, Roll Call reported Saturday.

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Cruz is, meantime, enjoying a wave of popularity among Texans where moderate Republicans keep a low profile and a Democrat has not won statewide office since 1994, The New York Times reported.

"For a lot of us, [Cruz's stance] was refreshing," Mike Gibson, Fort Bend County Republican chairman, told the Times. "We had a politician who said what he was going to do and then did it. Most Texas Republicans have been tired of our elected officials talking tough in Texas and then going to Washington and going along."

Cruz had to scramble Friday to explain why he had not disclosed an investment of over $100,000 in a Caribbean private equity firm on his 2012 financial disclosure form, Time magazine reported. Cruz said the omission was inadvertent and had been corrected in an amended submission.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Senatorial Committee reported it has $3.4 million on hand for campaign spending, about $880,000 more than its Democratic rival, according to Roll Call. Major GOP contributors included the Crow Family from Texas, Wall Street's Charles Schwab and Stephen Schwarzman, the Blackstone Group chairman.

Separately, the Senate Conservatives Fund reported Saturday receipts of just over $2 million most of it coming from small contributors, Roll Call reported. The fund is overseen by former Sen. Jim DeMint, now president of The Heritage Foundation.

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