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Ted Cruz: Behavior of D.C. Machine in Mississippi Runoff Appalling

Racially-charged, false attacks explicitly promised to continue and expand the welfare state, not grow the GOP.

Paula Bolyard


July 7, 2014 - 7:39 pm

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On Monday’s Mark Levin Show, Ted Cruz weighed in on the contentious (and ongoing) runoff election for the Mississippi Republican Senate nomination. “What happened in Mississippi was appalling,” Cruz told Levin. He said the conduct of the “Washington, D.C. Machine” was “incredibly disappointing” in the race between incumbent Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel, who lost the runoff by around 6700 votes.

The McDaniel campaign is poring through ballot boxes in the state ahead of the scheduled certification of the ballot on Monday and his team reports at least 4900 voting irregularities. The FEC is investigating possible campaign finance violations from a pro-Cochran Super PAC and there have been serious allegation that Cochran staffers participated in a cash-for-votes scheme.

Noting that McDaniel won a sizeable majority of Republicans in the runoff election, Cruz, who is Vice Chairman for Grassroots Outreach of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said, “The D.C. Machine spent hundreds of thousands of dollars urging some 30,000-40,000 partisan Democrats to vote in the runoff, which changed the outcome.” Acknowledging that all Republicans want to grow the party, the Texas senator said the actions of the “D.C. Machine” did nothing to further that goal. “Instead, the ads they ran were racially-charged false attacks and there were explicit promises to continue and expand the welfare state,” Cruz said. “And nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election,” he added. ”Instead, they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was and that’s unprincipled and it’s wrong.”

Other Republican senators have weighed in on the election. Last week Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) said, “I’m for more people voting, not less people voting. I think the people of Mississippi spoke and I think Thad Cochran has done a lot of good things for Mississippi.” Senator John McCain (R-AZ) praised Cochran’s ”really excellent get-out-the-vote campaign.” McCain said, “There are some people who are complaining that African-American voters voted. I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.”

Cruz also discussed the serious allegations of voter fraud in the election, saying, “I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud.” He said the allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted. “The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.”

Cruz told Levin on Monday, ”I think it would be abominable if Republicans were involved in voter fraud and I think the only fair thing to do for voters in Mississippi and the only fair thing for the integrity of the election is to investigate the allegations seriously and then to prosecute anyone who was involved in criminal conduct.”

In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review, and RedState. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. She is a member of the Wayne County Executive Committee. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third.

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Ted Cruz is the one candidate I would vote for in spite of his party label.
28 weeks ago
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This reminds me of the Todd Akins fiasco: Democrats support a GOP candidate in the primary to improve the chances of the Democrat in the general election. It worked in Missouri, and it probably will work in Mississippi. Don't be surprised if the Mississippi GOP vote is depressed in November (as a protest to the Cochran camp making a deal with the Devil) enabling a Democrat win. Nice going, Barbour!
29 weeks ago
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So glad Cruz has come out more forcefully and taken a stand here. His initial comments were disappointingly tame, to say the least, although that was apparently one of those hallway ambush by mike things.

4900? Didn't Cochran win by 6400? IIRC and those are the numbers, McBride only has to come up with 1501 more instances. It could happen.

The bulldogs from True the Vote are reportedly deeply involved. They’re an outfit that’s certainly worthy of our support. And it doesn’t hurt to note that they have somehow miraculously managed to secure tax-exempt status.
29 weeks ago
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Oh, stop wringing your hankies. They will do anything to hold on to power. Anyone who is surprised at that is a child. It's an indication of their desperation.
29 weeks ago
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Haley Barbour pimped out his boy Cochran to black Dems for a gang bang at $15 a pop and now they think they own him....he set off a suicide nuke in his own state political party....nice going,Spanky !
29 weeks ago
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As a fellow Ky voter, such as Rand Paul...His comments MUST ONLY apply to states, other than the one he's SUPPOSED to represent?!? Because, ONLY registered Dems/Reps can vote in the Primaries. ALL Independents, and others, ARE NOT able to "Cast their vote!" Rand, Rand, Rand...DC has "GOTCHA!" I'm VERY sadly afraid...
29 weeks ago
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>>The McDaniel campaign is pouring through ballot boxes
"Poring" through ballot boxes.

With that out of the way, is McCain insane? "I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.” Yeah, John -- IN THE GENERAL. Did he hear the anti-McDaniels ads with a Black female narrator threatening the deprivation of "our government programs" such as food stamps and something called "early breakfast" and sundry other freebies "coming from Washington"? Mississippi's "ethnic voters" were clearly voting AGAINST one particular Republican -- McDaniels -- and not for Republican principles in any way.
29 weeks ago
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>>> Behavior of D.C. Machine in Mississippi Runoff Appalling<<<

Appalling, yes. But in no way surprising. The Institutional Republicans who run the Republican party at all levels are allies of the Democrats and implacable foes of Conservatives, the TEA Party, and the Patriot movement. There is no possible chance of taking over the Republican party before the design margin for our country is gone. A separation is the only hope of creating a resistance.

Yes, leaving the Institutionals means Democrat victories in elections, then in policies. But Institutional Republican victories mean victory for Democrat policies. To paraphrase Sarah Palin after the Cochran/Institutional/Democrat victory: "If Republicans act like Democrats, why bother?"

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