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Texas Senate Showdown: Cruzhurst Fight Develops Further

by: Ben Sherman

Fri Mar 09, 2012 at 08:39 AM CST

Timid vs. Liberal

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is a quiet man who often comes across as awkward and forced. His YouTube campaign announcement video is what you'd call a disaster. David Dewhurst is probably the only man who could keep up with Mitt Romney in an awkwardness contest. Enjoy a catalogue of Dewhurst's awkwardness on his YouTube channel.

Dewhurst's strangeness hasn't gone unnoticed by the Cruz campaign, which recently released a YouTube video called "Timid Career Politician." While the ad mostly features Cruz touting his conservative credentials, the core argument is that Dewhurst isn't one of us (conservatives) and he is out of touch. Those accusations aren't likely to be contradicted by voters' assessments of Dewhurst's demeanor; a clip in the web ad shows Dewhurst awkwardly shaking Cruz's hand at a debate while Cruz slammed him for not attending more debates.

But the Cruzhurst fight is two-sided. The Dewhurst campaign released a video laying into Ted Cruz for donations that his law firm, Morgan Lewis, has made to Democrats. The ad claims that the firm has given 84% of its donations to Democrats, including $202,734 to President Obama. "Why has Ted Cruz chosen to partner with liberal activists that fund Democrats?" the ad asks. "Can Texas Conservatives Trust Ted Cruz?"

Dewhurst isn't playing patty cakes. He's had his eyes on Sen. Hutchison's seat for years, and while he may be timid, he's willing to go toe-to-toe with an opponent if that's what it takes to win.

Cruz's Gay Hypocrisy

In their last debate, Cruz assaulted former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for marching in Dallas's gay pride parade twice. When Leppert argued that it was his job to represent all residents of Dallas, Cruz rejected his answer.

But apparently, the Cruz campaign didn't get the memo that their candidate is wholly hateful slime. In late February, Dallas gay Republican group the Metroplex Republicans heard a keynote presentation from Ashley Sewell, the North Texas field director for Cruz's campaign. While Sewell spoke to the group primarily about socal media and says the appearance had been scheduled for months, the hypocrisy is obvious.

A socially conservative candidate who is appalled at the very notion of a gay pride parade, would prevent his staff from supporting gays in any way.

Cruz needs to stop all instances of human acceptance in his campaign if he's to be the archetypal archaic Republican he's always wanted to be.


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