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February 12, 2016

Ted Cruz Doesn’t Disavow SCF Call to Defund NRSC

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Ted Cruz is a Republican from Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A conservative outside group whose efforts Sen. Ted Cruz backed has called for defunding the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Cruz, an NRSC vice chairman and Texas Republican, has not rebuked the effort.

This weekend, Senate Conservatives Fund launched a campaign calling on conservatives to pledge not to give any money to the NRSC in the aftermath of last week’s runoff in the Mississippi Senate race. As is typical, the NRSC backed Republican Sen. Thad Cochran, while the SCF and other outside groups backed his failed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

“The Senate Republican establishment betrayed the grassroots and recruited Democrats in Mississippi to defeat Chris McDaniel,” the SCF petition said. “Fight back by pledging not to donate to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.”

Cochran finished behind McDaniel in the June 3 primary, but the senator came back to win the runoff three weeks later. To do this, Cochran’s campaign and allies overtly recruited black voters — a traditionally reliable Democratic voting block in Mississippi — in the second match-up.

Back on Capitol Hill, the SCF’s response to the race could get awkward for Cruz. He continues to serve as vice chairman for grass-roots outreach at the NRSC and previously pledged not to work to oust any GOP incumbent in the Senate.

But the Texas Republican supported the SCF’s efforts in the past. He made an appearance in a recent SCF television ad to boost former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon. Rep. James Lankford defeated Shannon in a GOP primary for Sen. Tom Coburn’s seat, which is open because the Oklahoma Republican is resigning at the end of this Congress.

Multiple queries to Cruz’s office Sunday and Monday asking if he would disavow the SCF’s effort to defund the NRSC yielded no response from the senator.

“Majority-Leader-Wannabe Mitch McConnell, NRSC Chairman Jerry Moran, and the others who supported Thad Cochran’s disgraceful attacks on Chris McDaniel are part of the problem,” SCF President Ken Cuccinelli said in a message to supporters. “These politicians don’t believe in the principles of freedom that make America great. Their ideology is power and they will do anything to keep it.”

Last October, the tension between Cruz’s role at the NRSC and his backing of the SCF campaigns was apparent when the SCF endorsed Matt Bevin in the Kentucky Republican primary against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


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  • hep pep

    Thank you Senator Cruz for standing up for conservatives! After all it was conservatives in Texas who battled with the establishment that got you in office.

  • Larry M

    Sen Cochran won the MS election fair and square and in accordance with MS state law. McDaniel and the tea party are are a bunch of sore loser crybabies.

  • JohnnyAngel Advocacy Group


  • Nobama

    Not meant to be mean or a reflection on his politics, but doesn’t Cruz look like a Hispanic Joe McCarthy with a full head of hair? Anybody else see that. I think it’s the nose.
    Anyway to the article, the last person the GOP should be listening to is Ken Cuccinelli. This fool lost an easily winnable race to Terry F—ing McAuliffe of all people, WTF, are you sh–ing me!!
    We don’t need anymore dumbasses like ones in MO, IN, DE, CO & NV the past 2 cycles. That’s at least five seats pissed away.

  • CityShots

    lovin it…. the klown kar will be a klown bus in 2016….

  • BAW

    The last update I read said after reviewing less than half the counties they had found around 3,000 voters who had voted in the Democrat primary and the Republican runoff. All those votes were illegal.

    There are also challenges as to the absentee ballots.

    Plus allegations from a Mississippi pastor who claims to have paid voters $15 each with money provided by the Cochran campaign.

    True the Vote has filed a lawsuit.

    I’m not so sure “Cochran won….fair and square.” We will see.

  • John Greene

    The people have spoken, McDaniels lost – get over it.

  • Pragmatic Conservative

    As long as you keep an open mind. Too many on the far right have claimed voter fraud simply because Democrats voted for Cochran as is allowed under MS law. For them to complain about Cochran seeking Democrat support for his efforts is nothing more than tantrum throwing.
    As for the question of votes that were actually cast illegally, we need to see what proof is provided. So far we only have the McDaniel campaign’s claims that they found illegal voters, they have provided no proof to that effect. Also,the pastor who claimed to have paid for votes was himself paid to make that allegation, and is highly suspect as a witness. Someone needs to provide hard, indisputable evidence of illegal voting before anyone should jump to conclusions.

  • Pragmatic Conservative

    Ted Cruz should be immediately dismissed from the NRSC. He refuses to defend the NRSC from attack, he campaigns against candidates the NRSC supports, and in general has consistently placed himself above the party. If he hates the GOP as much as he appears to, he should simply leave the party and start one of his own.

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    Cruz has no business in politics.

  • Gene McManus

    The assertion that Democratic voters voted in the run off for Cochran makes no sense. The correct Democratic strategy would have been to cross over and vote for McDaniel, thus defeating Cochran in the Run off. Then vote for the Democratic candidate in November, defeating McDaniel.

  • Oscar Y. Harward

    The RNC, NRSC, NRCC, Capitol Hill leaders, and their following members are damaging our Republican Party.

    How can the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) honestly criticize President Obama and his administration, the Democrat Nation Committee (DNC), and the Democrat Party so long as these RINO Republicans are using GOP monies to
    defeat Conservative Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party Republicans in primary

    “Taxed Enough Already” (TEA) Party members and supporters are Conservative and usually Republicans. TEA Party members and supporters are ordinary,
    middle, working class Americans. TEA Party members and supporters have a strong desire to work hard and work smart as a part in life to exceed while on their job(s) in providing their family’s necessities of shelter, food, other needs, and additional comforts in life. In their progression of life, each understands the importance of Constitutional freedoms and Christian values. TEA Party supporters expect to pay reasonable and sensible taxes, rather than excessive and/or disproportionate taxes, for necessary government services.

    TEA Party members on Capitol Hill share principles attempting to stop the excessive and wasteful spending. TEA Party Republicans are concentrating on spending less on wasteful projects as well as lowering taxes. This would assist Americans to invest more of their resources into “new jobs” and/or “expanding existing jobs”.

    President Obama, Capitol Hill Democrats, and RINO Republicans have teamed up together in criticizing TEA Party Republicans as their effort to destroy the Conservative Republican Party and all TEA Party principles as they utilize every attempt to “tax and spend” more of (y)our taxpayers’ money while; even into a personal and government bankruptcy.

  • Ambrosio Silva Jr

    AND they have regretted it, each time Cruz appears in public.

  • stevenharnack

    “they don’t believe in the principles of freedom….” seems to be a textbook case of pot and kettle, eh?

  • stevenharnack

    It’s gotten so loony that I can’t tell what’s sarcasm and what’s serious anymore!

  • stevenharnack

    That echo chamber that you live in is making you deaf.

  • BAW

    “Far right” meaning McDaniel supporters. Which in Mississippi meant the greater number of Republicans in both the primary and the runoff, realized that the Cochran campaign was encouraging illegal voting before the runoff. And they made efforts to prevent that and unfortunately were forced to be prepared to prove it when they could not stop it.

    There were reports of irregularities on the day of the primary and the runoff. I have not seen people generally jumping to conclusions or throwing tantrums.

    And I have seen what appears to be proof.

    For example, actual poll book pages.

    “Poll documents released to News Channel 12, do show where voters casts their ballots in the Democratic primary and the Republican primary runoff.”

  • MSProf

    Normally that would be true. However, the emphasis that Cochran’s campaign placed in the runoff strategy was to tout his record of “bringing home the money” for MS. We are talking about the number one state in the U.S. on the list of states most dependent on the federal government. People know this, and they also know that McDaniel had pledged to not “bring home the pork” so to speak. Also, since the Republican takeover of MS in the 2007 statewide elections, no Democrat in a statewide race can expect to receive more than 35% of the vote. Democrats know that as well. That is why Cochran’s strategy worked.

  • BAW

    That reminds me of “dog whistes.” I believe those who hear the dog whistles are the dogs. If you imagine others are in echo chambers, it’s probably you who has been.

  • Ian

    I like calling the man “Canada Cruz” (’cause he’s Canadian… Duh!), but I wonder “Cannibal Cruz” might be a more accurate moniker? He does seem to enjoy munching on his fellow Republicans!

  • Ian

    I think it’s a serious comment, but I’m not entirely sure, either!

  • Ian

    You’re a little hazy on the whole “euphemism” thing?

  • Ian

    I thought TEA stood for “Taking Everything, Already!”? No? Oh…

    :-p :-)

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    There is no “Democrat Party”.

  • mackykam

    McCarthy was a patriot and the papers the Kremlin released proved he was right about communists in America. Dems hated McCarthy for exposing them.

  • mackykam

    Cuccinelli lost because the Republican National Committee didn’t support or fund him. They supported a third candidate to rid themselves of a Cuccinelli in the senate. Get your facts straight. Unless being straight is a problem for you.

  • BAW

    No, I don’t think I’m the one who is hazy. What do you think “dog whistle” or “echo chamber” is a euphemism for? Do you really think people are attempting to be less offensive, harsh, or blunt when they use those terms?

    eu·phe·mism [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm]
    the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.
    the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for“to die.”

  • Ian

    Yeah, you’re a little hazy on the idea. No problem, here’s an explanation. :-)

    Think “Ronald Reagan kicked off his candidacy from Philadelphia, Mississippi” (what else happened there, not that many years before? Oh yeah – the murders of three young civil rights workers. Now why do you suppose “Saint” Reagan picked there to announce? Of all the places he could have picked? Why *just there*?)

    My personal definition is “saying (or doing) things that an in-the-know audience knows the true meaning of”.

    Here’s the Urban Dictionary on it:
    Dog whistle is a type of strategy of communication that sends a message that the general population will take a certain meaning from, but a certain group that is “in the know” will take away the secret, intended message. Often involves code words.

    “Republicans say they want to make civil rights for gays a state issue, which is really just a dog whistle strategy for saying that they will refuse to grant equal rights on a federal level.”
    (Sorry, I have no idea how to do italics on Disqus.)

    And there’s even a Wikipedia article about! (Who knew? Not me!)

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    Homophobic hate speech is so ugly.

  • mackykam

    As is your moniker. Suck away! Who cares?

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    In this case, it seems to fit.

  • mackykam

    I’m not a republican. But you are a hateful scumbag. You have rules for everyone, yourself excepted. Which, in effect, points to a morally corrupt individual.

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    So false witness on top of homophobia. How very conservative of you.

  • mackykam

    Be gone! You have no power here.

  • Unique

    As the days go on I am beginning to agree with Senator Cruz on certain issues.

  • Republicans_are_Evil

    I don’t take orders from people so lacking in basic ethics.

  • BAW

    Your “personal definition” is just that a personal definition that is even less authoritative than something from wikipedia or the Urban Dictionary.

    “Think” yourself. Democrats claim that Voter ID laws are “racist.” Even though the laws apply to everyone, equally, exactly the same without regard to race. The left pretends or imagines that Voter ID laws are some “stealth” plan to suppress minority votes. As if minorities don’t have IDs or can’t or won’t get IDs. Even though polling shows that minorities support Voter IDs in equal or greater numbers than whites. Even though the Supreme Court has said, Voter IDs do not ““qualify as a substantial burden on the right to vote, or even represent a significant increase over the usual burdens of voting.” And then Democrats require IDs to attend their functions, events, and in one particularly entertaining instance, a protest against Voter IDs.

    What Democrats do is use “Voter ID” as “code” as a “dog whistle” as shorthand, as a talking point (not a “euphemism”) to inflame their useful idiots against the right, conservatives, Republicans, their political “enemies.” No facts required, no thoughts required, no rational explanation required, no discussion or debate allowed, just nonsense and lies.

    Ronald Reagan said what he meant and meant what he said. He didn’t pit Americans against Americans. He didn’t lie to us, even admitted when he had been wrong.

    Still it surprised even me that the new Quinnipiac University survey found that today Americans rate Reagan as the best of the 12 presidents who have served since FDR. At 35 percent Reagan was ranked first by just short of twice those who considered Clinton the best (18%). Over twice the number (15%) who ranked JFK best.

    So your “Saint Reagan” type slurs, dog whistles, etc. has apparently not had the desired result.

  • Ian

    Nope, you’re not a little hazy on the whole “dog whistle” thing. You’re *really* hazy on it. As in – you haven’t a clue.


    Pedantry, obstinacy and a bit silliness thrown in for good measure. Not too bad. Give yourself a star. You’ve earned it.

    (PS I really couldn’t care less if most people think Reagan was the best. I reckon he was one of the worst. And not being a “TPer Sheeple”, I am more than capable of deciding these things for myself. :-) )

  • mackykam

    Whom do you take your orders from? Dominatrices? Or do I hear your KY tube calling?

  • BAW

    Bless your heart.

  • Raphael Semmes

    Running ads to urge liberal black Democrats to ”help Obama” by voting for Big Government Republican Thad Cochroach in a GOP primary, paying black Democrats to vote is a GOP primary, flagrant race-baiting against conservatives, using illegal unregistered PAC’s to attack conservatives and other illegal and underhanded tactics is not ”the people speaking”.

    For more on the corrupt Cochran campaign, a major British newspaper gives a good account:

  • Raphael Semmes

    The NRSC has proven itself a maliciously anti-conservative organization this election year. It, Barbour, and Rove seem to be intent on blowing up party unity with their corrupt War on Conservatives.

    More conservative need to stand with Ted Cruz.

    Send your money directly to candidate you can trust or to dependable conservative organizations, not to the Big Government Republicans at the NRSC.

  • Raphael Semmes

    By importing many thousands of voters who do not intend to vote GOP in the general election, they have, in fact, blatantly violated Mississippi state law, although enforcing that provision would be difficult. When they ran ads urging liberal black voters to ”help Obama” by voting in the GOP primary, they were thumbing their noses at the law.

    Here are other examples of their corruption:

    The result sadly, may be that many conservative voters decide to do something that helps Obama in November, as they are so sick of what the Big Government Republicans did with their corruption in Mississippi that they refuse to vote for other Big Government Republican nominees around the country. Corrupt party bosses like Haley ”Boss Hogg” Barbour and the NRSC will only have themselves so blame for that. By blowing up party unity with their corruption in Mississippi they may destroy our chances of winning the Senate in November.

  • Raphael Semmes

    From your previous posts, where you support leftwing positions like amnesty for illegal aliens, as well as the Big Government wing of the GOP generally, you are neither pragmatic nor conservative.

    What was wrong with what the corrupt Cochroach campaign did in Mississippi? A major British newspaper tells the story best:

  • Raphael Semmes

    What he touted was actually dishonest and disgusting race-baiting. Audio tapes of the ads are embedded in this article from a major British newspaper:

  • Raphael Semmes

    Ted Cruz should resign from the NRSC. The NRSC is a maliciously anti-conservative organization. Ted’s presence only gives them a bit of cover with conservatives.

    And you, sir, are no conservative and no pragmatic. All of your comments on many subjects reveal you as a Big Government Republican, just like porker Thad Cochroach.

  • Raphael Semmes

    Only on the Obama Republicans, who very much do need to be munched on.

  • Winston Smith

    To sum up, TEA Parity people are a group of befuddled old white men who hold up the Bible and the Constitution as the foundation of their rage agenda even though they completely misunderstand the meaning and message of either of them. Facts and science be DAMNED, I is a Tea Party guy! Murcins’ fer Jesus and guns!

  • manderso

    Hey, it was perfectly legal, I guess that’s what really bothers conservatives.

  • manderso

    A conspiracy from the conspiracy party.

  • Lister Eane

    Since the results of our own use of liberty cannot be predicted, questions regarding the “justice” of resulting incomes are meaningless.

  • Pragmatic Conservative

    I normally wouldn’t bother with responding to someone as out of touch with reality as you are, but since you have openly lied about my views in another post, I intend to set the record straight.

    I oppose citizenship for illegal aliens.
    I support reducing the size of our government by eliminating unnecessary and duplicative programs.
    I oppose new spending that isn’t offset by additional cuts.
    I oppose increased taxes on those who are successful.
    I support a total overhaul of our tax code to get rid of breaks for special interests.
    I opposed the expansion of Medicare Bush enacted.
    I oppose over-regulation of business.
    I oppose abortion.
    I oppose same-sex marriage.
    I support school choice.

    Since, according to you, I’m a liberal, and you apparently can read my mind, would you care to explain to me
    why I have so many conservative views?

    You, and your Tea Party brethren, on the other hand are complete hypocrites. You claim to stand for less government spending but support government shutdowns (which waste a phenomenal amount of money). You claim to believe in the Founding Father’s vision, but you completely reject the their design of a government where different factions are forced to work together to achieve a mutually agreeable result, instead insisting on a system where the factions do nothing but thwart each other’s plans so that nothing is ever accomplished. You claim to support the Constitution, but believe that a small minority of the Congress is allowed to dictate, against the will of the voters who elected their representatives, how the country is to operate.

    The truly hypocritical thing about you is that you decry the Obama-bots who worship at his feet and insist that he gets his way on everything (even when the American public opposes his view), and then you do exactly the same thing with Ted Cruz. The only difference between the Tea Party and the “progressives” is which side of the political spectrum you are on. Other than that, you’ve adopted exactly the same authoritarian dogma, in complete contradiction to the principles on which the nation was founded.

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