Cruz Faces Endorsement Dilemma in 2014 Texas GOP Primary

Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 04:39 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Katrina Pierson, a "super volunteer" in the 2012 Ted Cruz for Senate Campaign, is running in the 2014 GOP Primary for the House seat now held by Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas.
 
Pierson has not yet asked for Cruz's endorsement and a spokeswoman for the freshman Texas Republican said he "has said he is not likely to get involved in any incumbent primary races."

Cruz's shadow hangs over the Sessions-Pierson primary battle, according to The Hill.
Pierson was a surrogate for Cruz during his long-shot election bid and was widely quoted in the media on his behalf.

She has been endorsed by the conservative-libertarian FreedomWorks as someone who would connect to the grassroots at home and stick to her guns in Washington.

Its political action committee head, Matt Kibbe, said Sessions was overly concerned with keeping his place at the leadership table, according to The Hill.

Pierson is seeking backing from other conservative groups including Heritage Action and the Club For Growth.

Cruz has committed not to back challengers to incumbent GOP senators. Pierson hopes this pledge will not apply to Sessions, who has represented his northern Dallas district in the House for almost two decades.

As a high profile Cruz supporter seeking election, Pierson presents a dilemma. Southern Methodist University political science professor Cal Jillson said: "It will be fascinating to see what Ted Cruz does," and "shocking to the Tea Party folks" if Cruz did not endorse someone who has been so outspoken in his own race, according to The Hill.

Pierson, a tea party activist, has described herself as "the daughter of a 15-year-old white mother and a black father" who wasn't interested in school until her grandmother convinced her to get an education. She has a biology degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

Politically, she has been inspired by Cruz's principles and shares his stance on Obamacare.

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