Bandera County Courier: Cruz’s triumph remains talk of Lone Star State
By Judith Pannebaker
The upset victory of Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, whom Conventional Wisdom had destined for the November General Election, continues to reverberate across the Lone Star State. The strength of the Texas Tea Party apparently took everyone – except for the Cruz camp – by surprise.
“I spoke with Ted Cruz after the AP (Associated Press) called the race and congratulated him on his remarkable victory,” said Texas Senator John Cornyn during a telephone conference with Texas and national media on Wednesday, July 31. “I told him I looked forward to working with him as I am confident he will win in November senatorial race.”
After acknowledging that Dewhurst had run a tough campaign, Cornyn noted that Dewhurst would continue to work for his constituents as “the most powerful elected official in Texas – that of lieutenant governor.”
Regarding what impact Cruz would have in changing the “dynamics” of the Senate if elected, Cornyn said, “This was a major victory for Ted Cruz and a real upset. To his credit, he ran a campaign that inspired people across Texas to vote in the run-off election.”
Cornyn continued, “Lately, a lot of anger has been directed at the members of Congress. People are looking for fighters and Ted spoke to that. I looking forward to helping him in the General Election.”