Senator Ted Cruz Thanks Gov. Palin and SarahPAC for their support
Posted by Dr. Fay on January 9, 2013
Senator Ted Cruz, who has come out swinging for the conservative cause since his arrival as a newly minted Senator in our nation’s Capitol, sent out an e-mail (posted below) to the SarahPAC e-mail list. We’d like to note that while there are those who have distanced themselves from Gov. Palin after her endorsement boosted their campaigns, Senator Cruz continues to express his heartfelt appreciation. And from all we can see, he shares Gov. Palin’s strong conservative values.
Gov. Palin posted this endorsement of Cruz on Facebook and on the SarahPAC blog on May 14:
Early voting begins today in the Texas primary. Please remember to vote for Ted Cruz as the next U.S. Senator from the Lone Star State. Todd and I sent the note below to Ted last week:
As the product of a competitive primary, I believe they make us all stronger for general elections. Our nation’s primaries are the hallmark of our system and the debate between candidates is invaluable to voters. Your good grassroots work and direct contact with voters will put us on the path to take back the Senate in 2012 just as we took back the House in 2010.
We’re proud to join conservatives in Texas and throughout the nation in supporting your campaign to become the next Senator from the Lone Star State. Your conservative principles, passionate defense of our Constitution and our free market system come at a time when these cornerstones of our freedom and prosperity are under attack.
Our shared goal isn’t just to change the majority in control of the Senate, but to assure principled conservatives like you are there to fight for us.
The response was immediate. Tony Lee reported at Breitbart’s Big Government:
When asked to describe the already-surging Cruz campaign before and immediately after Palin officially endorsed him last Thursday, Cruz Campaign Manager John Drogin told Breitbart News, “What’s the difference in the temperature between venus and the sun? The campaign was venus hot pre-Palin endorsement and sun-spot hot post-Palin endorsement.”
According to Drogin, Cruz’s campaign website had over eight times the normal traffic after Palin’s endorsement, and the campaign received nearly 900 donations since she gave it.
“Phones are ringing off the hook, volunteers are signing up, and social networks are buzzing,” Drogin said.
The Hill called it the Sarah Palin Phenomenon.
ABC reports that hours after Palin endorsed Cruz, the staff at Cruz’s headquarters in Austin reported a swift and positive reaction. Last night Cruz forced the establishment candidate into a runoff.
“In every other state, Sarah Palin’s endorsement has been a game-changer,” Cruz told Texas on the Potomac.
Governor Palin campaigned in Texas at a Cruz campaign event on July 27 before the runoff:
In an upset of national significance, Ted Cruz toppled Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Tuesday in a Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate that came to embody the internal tug-of-war between the GOP establishment and the tea party.
Cruz, a former state solicitor general who has never held elected office, became a national cause célèbre for tea party activists.
He received significant support from conservative groups and leaders, including former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, who cast Dewhurst as a squishy, tax-and-spend moderate.
Hundreds of Cruz supporters packed a Houston hotel ballroom to cheer their candidate, whom few voters knew when he started his upstart campaign last year.
“They said I couldn’t do it. You know what? They were right. I couldn’t do it, but you could. And you did. Tonight is a victory for the grass roots,” Cruz said during his victory speech.
“This is how elections are supposed to be decided, by ‘We the People.’ ”
On July 31, Gov. Palin posted her congratulations to Cruz on Facebook:
Congratulations to Ted Cruz! This is a victory both for Ted and for the grassroots Tea Party movement. This primary race has always been about the kind of leadership we need in D.C. Our goal is not just about changing the majority in the Senate. It is about the kind of leadership we want. Ted Cruz represents the kind of strong conservative leadership we want in D.C. Go-along to get-along career politicians who hew the path of least resistance are no longer acceptable at a time when our country is drowning in debt and our children’s futures are at stake. The message of this race couldn’t be clearer for the political establishment: the Tea Party is alive and well and we will not settle for business as usual. Now, it’s on to November!
Cruz called Gov. Palin’s endorsement game-changing. Texas on the Potomac posted this report of his conversation with Politico:
While speaking with POLITICO’s Mike Allen this morning, the Texas Republican Senate nominee called Palin’s endorsement “game-changing.”
Palin endorsed Cruz, a Tea Party favorite who shares her philosophy of liberty and limited government, just days before a wide-open May 29 primary, helping to propel Cruz into a strong second place showing. The Cruz surge provided momentum for his runoff battle with Dewhurst.
“Fighters like Ted Cruz can lead the charge for us,” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said in July when shecame to Texas to campaign with Cruz, calling him a “a proven, common-sense constitutional conservative.”
The Tea Party favorite admitted that many have referred to his victory as “improbable.” He told Allen that the reason why Palin’s endorsement has had such an enormous impact is because voters consider her a true barometer of conservatism.
“In a Republican primary, everyone claims to be conservative and voters are pretty cynical. They are tired of these candidates that sounds great on the stump. They say they are going to cut spending, they get into the office and they become spineless jellyfish,” Cruz said. “I think conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is a real deal.”
And now, last but not least, here is Senator Cruz’s heartfelt and touching thank you note:
Dear SarahPAC Supporter,
Together, we made history this November! Our victory in the U.S. Senate race in Texas was a remarkable testament to the conservative grassroots.
We started out as underdogs in a long, competitive primary. But despite the odds being stacked against us, Governor Palin and SarahPAC showed daring leadership by endorsing my campaign.
The Governor’s vision and the support of patriots like you helped transform my long-shot candidacy into victory on election night.
The Washington Post called our success the “biggest upset of 2012.“
Thank you. While federal law prohibited any coordination between SarahPAC and my campaign, none of this success would have been possible without the outpouring of financial support, hard work, and word of mouth from conservative fighters like you. The Governor’s support and your constant encouragement played a critical part in our triumph.
As you know, I am not the first or the only candidate to benefit from Governor Palin and SarahPAC’s courageous support for conservatism. Senators Deb Fischer, Jeff Flake, Tim Scott, Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Rand Paul, and other common-sense conservatives are proof that Americans are ready to return to our nation’s founding principles.
I look forward to working alongside these and other strong conservatives to stand up to the big government bureaucracy that is entrenched in Washington, DC. Every American deserves the opportunity to build a better life for our children and grandchildren, and together we will fight for the conservative ideals of liberty and opportunity that made this country the greatest on Earth.
I am humbled and grateful for the continuing support of patriots like you.
Senator Ted Cruz
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