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July 17, 2012

Latest Dewhurst Ads Make Obama Campaign Look Like Paragon Of Truth

I've been politically active since I first volunteered with the Reagan campaign as a 17 year old in 1980. In my entire life, I've never seen a candidate run as dirty a campaign as David Dewhurst.

Contra the headline at CNN.com, David Dewhurst actually raised less money than Ted Cruz. Dewhurst had to pump over $4 million into his campaign to save face and win the media spin that he outpaced Cruz. In fact, Cruz has raised $1.7 million and Dewhurst raised $1.5 million.

So now Dewhurst’s campaign team is accusing Ted Cruz of supporting pedophiles, going so far as to try to tie him to Jerry Sandusky.

Not. Kidding.The scurrilous charge stems from Ted Cruz’s law firm taking on the appeal of a developer in Pennsylvania who had a dispute with an insurance company and had lost in district court. Ted Cruz got the case.

Yeah, represented a guy in a lawsuit against an insurance company. In a case that was tangentially related, the guy entered a guilty plea on a tax case involving a judge accepting bribes. Cruz wasn't involved in that other case. But even if he had been, that would prove nothing about Cruz other than that he was a professional doing his job -- just as nobody could reasonably claim that Jeffrey Dahmer's defense attorney was pro-cannibalism for giving the man a vigorous defense in court.

Apparently David Dewhurst has a problem with people who may or may not have done bad things being allowed to have lawyers -- which puts Dewhurst at odds with the Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution (and a couple provisions of the Texas Constitution), which guarantees parties to court proceedings the assistance of legal counsel. Do we really want a Senator who is contemptuous of the Bill of Rights?

I've been a supporter of Ted Cruz for a long time -- but if I had ever supported Dewhurst, his remudslinging would be sufficient to drive me away. I encourage all Republicans to make the true conservative choice and back Ted Cruz for US Senate





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