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Heidi Cruz: Ted's Not-So-Secret Fund-Raising Weapon

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Heidi Cruz and husband Ted speak to the press aboard a plane en route to a campaign event on Tuesday. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

By    |   Thursday, 04 Feb 2016 09:39 AM

Heidi Cruz has become Ted's not-so-secret weapon as her fundraising prowess and job at Goldman Sachs gain more attention on the campaign trail, according to the Los Angeles Times.

She calls up to 30 donors a day as what the Times describe as her husband's most prolific fundraiser.

Ted Cruz's senior adviser Rick Tyler told the Times that Heidi Cruz was "remarkably good" at getting people to give money to her husband's presidential campaign.

"There are so few political spouses on this level," said Tyler.

Heidi Cruz, 43, took an unpaid leave as a managing director at Goldman Sachs while her husband is running for president, USA Today reported last March. She ran the Houston wealth management unit, which worked with clients with an average net worth of $40 million.

Heidi Cruz had worked for the Bush administration before she joined Goldman Sachs in 2005. The couple met while they both worked with the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, said the Times.

"When you listen to Ted speak, I want to challenge you to hear him," Heidi Cruz recently told a group of young voters in Iowa on her husband's tour bus, stressing his authenticity, said Wired magazine. "He is genuinely himself."

Heidi Cruz became a target because of her banking job, noted the Times. For example, critics pointed to Ted Cruz's health coverage on his wife's Goldman Sachs plan when he attacked the Affordable Care Act.

Mark Jones, political science department chair at Rice University, told USA Today that Heidi Cruz will be positive for her husband on the campaign trail.

"She'll play very well," said Jones. "She's a professional, independent-thinking woman who has had a very successful career. She's nothing but an asset for Sen. Cruz and his presidential ambition."

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