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September 19, 2013 - 10:17 am

Tom DeFrank of the National Journal has a piece up today that, well, reads like a cheap smear piece. DeFrank quotes no one on the record, while doling out three quotes that accuse Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) of not spending enough time in Texas, and of being too “angry.” None of the quotes stand up to the facts. DeFrank doesn’t even fact check any of them.

Quote #1:

“He’s our Cruz-missile,” a major Texas GOP fundraiser told National Journal. “The wingers love him and establishment Republicans tolerate him because they’re scared of him. But he’s not taking care of business at home and he’s already the most hated Texan in Washington.” (emphases added)

Note the insult aimed at grassroots party activists: “Wingers.” Those “wingers” put Cruz into the Senate. They outnumber the elitists.

As for being “the most hated Texan in Washington…” That’s an unquantifiable statement, but suppose that it’s true. That’s a bad thing?

Quote #2:

“It’s fine that he’s in demand around the country,” said one top Texas Republican. “But he spends relatively little time in Texas. Most Texas businessmen are conservative but they’re not extreme right and they don’t know him. That’s problematic; it’s time for a little outreach back home.” (emphasis added)

This simply isn’t true. Sen. Cruz has only been in office for nine months. In that time, he has held at least 60 events in Texas. About 15 of those were during the recent congressional recess, according to his staff. While others in both parties eschewed local events, Cruz held many of them.

Additionally, one should consider how Cruz won his seat in the first place. While most of the big money donors went to his opponent, Cruz patiently held hundreds of events all over the state to build a real grassroots campaign. He has never relied on the heavyweights to fuel his campaign or tell him what to do. Some find this approach refreshing. In any case, it is simply false that he has not spent enough time in Texas. While his day job keeps him in Washington most of the time, where he must be present to be effective, he gets back to Texas as often as possible.

Quote #3:

Another Cruz skeptic adds: “The problem with Cruz is he’s angry. He needs to figure out a way to soften his image.” (emphasis added)

The problem with critics like this is that they’re cowards. They should put their names to their criticisms so that readers may be informed and judge the critics as well as their target. Do they have personal axes to grind? Are they supporters of a potential or past Cruz opponent? Are they even Republicans — the third critic isn’t identified at all. Readers have no information to use in weighing where the critics are coming from and what may be motivating them.

No politician is loved or supported by everyone. It’s natural that some folks will find fault with anyone elected to office. But National Journal had no ethical or journalistic reason to grant them the ability to fire at the senator while safely hiding in the weeds. If they want to be leaders, they should step up and attach their names to their issues with Sen. Cruz.

Update: Well, isn’t this interesting. Commenter Salt Lick found Mr. DeFrank keeping “progressive” company. Click on the link and scroll down the page a bit.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Tom DeFrank is a "Liberal and Progressive" speaker. This piece is political sabotage. Alinsky anyone?

http://www.speakers.com/search.asp?Search=Search&SearchType=C&CategoryID=27
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Typical Lefty smear tactics.

Ted Cruz scares the Left, AND the Establishment Republicans because they can't control him and he won't do "business as usual" with them. They've got a right to be sacred because his style and principles appeal to a lot of upset and frustrated people in the electorate.
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Interesting because on September 5th he held several events here in El Paso that were reportedly standing room and well received..... from here he went on up to the Panhandle areas of West Texas.

I noticed someone this morning claimed "Wendy Davis had more (thingys) than Cruz". Let's think about that for a moment. A grassroots, Tea Partier, Cruz held several town hall meetings in a deep blue Texas district, then he ventured into the buckle of the Texas Bible Belt. I can promise you that while Davis will book friendly venues in El Paso, she won't be able to step foot anywhere in West Texas without answering for her positions on abortion or gun control.
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Tom DeFrank is a "Liberal and Progressive" speaker. This piece is political sabotage. Alinsky anyone?

http://www.speakers.com/search.asp?Search=Search&SearchType=C&CategoryID=27
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Good work. The source makes all the difference, but most people never pay attention.
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