Dewhurst Faces Challenges From Conservatives in Texas Senate Bid

Monday, February 6th, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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Are you sick and tired of electing uninspiring milquetoast Republicans – ones who fail to draw bold contrasts with the statist agenda of the Democrat Party?  Well, what better place to start than in the conservative state of Texas?

Establishment Republicans are attempting to anoint Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Kay Baily Hutchison.  The Austin American Statesman reports that conservatives are not impressed.  They are opting for another candidate, Ted Cruz, a man who is not just an unvarnished conservative, but a fighter as well:

And yet some of the state’s most visible conservative activists are working against Dewhurst as he prepares to launch the next phase of his political life.

Dewhurst, 65, plans to announce this week that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat now held by Kay Bailey Hutchison, who will not run for re-election next year, and he should be a heavy favorite in a crowded Republican field. After all, the energy company founder can spend millions of his own money, he has held statewide office since voters elected him land commissioner in 1998, and his record largely mirrors that of Gov. Rick Perry, the state’s most powerful Republican.

But if anyone has momentum in the race, it’s 40-year-old lawyer Ted Cruz, the state’s former solicitor general. The previous two chairwomen of the Texas Republican Party and a couple of Washington-based conservative organizations have endorsed Cruz, as have key players in the state’s home-school and social conservative movements. Syndicated columnist George Will called him “a candidate as good as it gets.”

Read the full piece here.

You can compare Dewhurst’s tepidness to Cruz’s intrepidness, as described by George Will.  George Will is correct; it doesn’t get better than Ted Cruz for Senate.  Not only is he a conservative fighter, he has a brilliant legal mind; he is very charismatic; he articulates conservatism like nobody else.  He is truly one of our stars this year, and we are proud to have been one of the first to endorse his underdog bid for Senate.

All to often, conservatives focus exclusively on flipping seats from Democrat to Republican.  But we must not lose sight of the opportunities we have to flip seats from liberal/moderate Republicans to solid conservatives.  Kay Baily Hutchison is the very embodiment of unprincipled leadership.  We have a once in a decade opportunity to turn a solid conservative Senate seat bright red.  Dewhurst would be more of the same.

Please help put Ted Cruz over the top in his battle against the superior-funded candidate of the Republican establishment.