Ted Cruz Endorses Darryl Glenn for U.S. Senate

Will Campaign for Glenn on Monday in Colorado

HOUSTON, Texas — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today endorsed Darryl Glenn from Colorado for U.S. Senate. He will campaign with Glenn in Colorado on Monday, details forthcoming.

“I am proud to stand with the grassroots in Colorado supporting Darryl Glenn in his campaign for the U.S. Senate,” Cruz said. “Darryl earned the support of 70% of the delegates present at the Colorado GOP convention and is a committed public servant and small business owner who bravely served our nation as a U.S. Air Force officer. He is a constitutional conservative with the experience to understand what it takes to bring back economic growth and preserve our individual liberties. I am confident he will go to Washington to fight for those values, and he won’t back down. Coloradans will be able to depend on Darryl to take on the D.C. establishment and join me in the fight to restore jobs, freedom, security to our nation.”

Glenn was appointed to the Colorado Springs City Council in June 2003 and was subsequently elected to two four-year terms. In November 2010, he was elected to his current position as the El Paso County Commissioner and reelected in 2014 with more than 80 percent of the vote. He served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force – combined active duty and reserve military service – and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Glenn is a graduate of Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, and holds a bachelor’s from the United States Air Force Academy, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England College, and a law degree from New England School of Law.


Sen. Cruz Names South Carolina’s LaDonna Ryggs Senior Advisor to PAC

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today named LaDonna Ryggs of the Upstate, South Carolina senior advisor to his Jobs, Growth, and Freedom PAC, effective immediately.

“LaDonna’s years of grassroots outreach in South Carolina have been invaluable to the state’s conservative movement and will be invaluable to our team,” said Sen. Cruz. “I am honored to have her join us as we continue working to energize conservatives across this country and bring meaningful change to Washington. She will be a tremendous asset to that effort.”

“I am thrilled to come on board Team Cruz,” Ryggs said. “The stakes could not be higher. It is an incredible honor to work with a man who not only talks the talk, but has the consistent, conservative record to prove he walks the walk.”

Ryggs has served in numerous leadership capacities in the Republican Party for the last 15 years. She is the immediate past chairman of the Spartanburg County Republican Party, having served two terms, including a presidential cycle, and was Spartanburg’s State Committeeman prior to her chairmanship. During her eight-year tenure on the South Carolina Republican Party’s executive committee, Ryggs was twice elected delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2008 and 2012. In 2011, Ryggs was one of three South Carolinians named to Politico’s “50 Politicos to Watch.”

Additionally she is a former state president of the South Carolina Federation of Republican Women, overseeing a tenure where membership doubled. Ryggs also served as a member-at-large to the National Federation of Republican Women, one of four South Carolinians to have served on their executive committee. Ryggs earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Communications from Bob Jones University. She and her husband, Robert, reside in Greer, South Carolina, and have two grown children and grandchildren.

ICYMI: Sen. Cruz Draws Large Crowds in New Hampshire Swing

Visits Strafford County, Grafton County, Manchester

WASHINGTON, DC – Over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made several stops in New Hampshire where he discussed various issues important to Americans across the country, including economic growth, fundamental tax reform, and renewing America’s leadership on the world stage. Below is a summary of news coverage from his visit to the Granite State.

He visited the Strafford County Republican Committee’s “Chili and Chat,” keynoted the Grafton County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner, and spoke at the New England Council “Politics and Eggs” Breakfast in Manchester.

In an interview with WRKO New Hampshire, one of the event attendees shared her support for Sen. Cruz’s policies and said her young daughter “looked at him as a hero.” The full interview is available at http://media.wrko.com/a/103351266/ted-cruz-did-not-scare-a-little-girl-at-event-3-16-15.htm.

According to the New Hampshire Union-Leader, at the Strafford County GOP Chili and Chat:

Cruz was also interrupted once by a man who urged him to run for President. He won applause when he called for a flat tax and abolishing the Internal Revenue Service, and he said the Affordable Care Act and Common Core curriculum standards should be repealed. America needs to get back to free market principles to foster job growth from the private sector, not Washington, Cruz said. He said Washington is a place of “despair and despondency.” …

In addition: “Cruz held an impromptu meet-up with state legislators in attendance and, before leaving Turbocam, autographed Marga Coulp’s pink cowboy boots. ‘He’s one of my favorites, Coulp, of Dover, said after meeting Cruz. ‘I just love his conservative values.’

CNN highlighted the large crowd Sen. Cruz drew to the event:

Organizers were overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up to the Barrington office of Turbocam, a manufacturing company that’s open about its Christian values, to hear Cruz speak. Twenty minutes before it was scheduled to start, organizers had to move the chairs, reporters and speakers to a bigger room to accommodate the 130 to 140 people who showed up.

His remarks were met with boisterous applause, and he was frequently urged to run for president by people who shook his hand before and after the event.

The Examiner noted:

They originally expected about 50-70 people but so many people showed up they had to move to a much larger room. There were around 200 people for what turned out to be a standing-room-only event… The key thing to note is there were not only Republicans in attendance. There were also many Independents. There were people of all ages including families with young children.

The majority of voters in New Hampshire live in the state because it is the “Live Free or Die” state and so far Cruz seems to amplify that motto.

The Boston Herald observed:

Conservative firebrand Ted Cruz held nothing back as he landed in the Granite State yesterday …

The outspoken conservative, the latest of several likely GOP contenders to visit the Granite State recently, hit on key Tea Party issues like eliminating campaign contribution limits and nixing federal education standards like Common Core, while slamming President Obama.

ICYMI: USA Today Agrees With Sen. Cruz: Ending ethanol mandate is good for consumers

Sen. Cruz Tells Truth About Renewable Fuel Standard

WASHINGTON, DC — On Friday, March 12, the USA Today editorial argued in favor of ending the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate. It also recognized Sen. Ted Cruz as the only participant willing to state his opposition to the mandate before an audience of farmers at the Iowa Ag Summit last week. Sen. Cruz has introduced legislation calling for a 5-year phase out and ultimate repeal of the law.

USA Today‘s editorial follows praise from the Wall Street Journal, which also recognized Sen. Cruz’s principled stance in an editorial last week:

The only Ag Summiteer who flat-out opposed the RFS was Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has also sponsored a bill in Congress to repeal it. In response to Mr. Rastetter’s claim that oil companies were shutting ethanol out of the market, he noted “there are remedies in the antitrust laws to deal with that if you’re having market access blocked.” Bravo… If they were thinking bigger, Republicans would understand that they’ll have more credibility to reform social welfare if they oppose corporate welfare.

The full USA Today editorial may be viewed at http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/03/12/ethanol-gas-renewable-fuel-standard-iowa-editorials-debates/70238088/.

CRUZ: You can count on me to do what I say I will do

Cruz participates in Iowa Agricultural Summit to talk about farming issues

DES MOINES, IOWA — Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, participated in the Iowa Agricultural Summit hosted by Bruce Rastetter. Cruz highlighted issues important to Iowa’s farming communities. Among the topics discussed were the Renewable Fuel Standard, immigration, trade, biotech, and health care.

He struck a chord with the attendees when he showed that he was willing to tell them the truth about where he stands.

“People are pretty fed up, I think, with politicians that run around and tell one group one thing and tell another group another thing, and then they go to Washington and they don’t do anything they said they would do,” Cruz said. “And I think that’s a big part of the reason we have the problems we have in Washington. We have career politicians in both parties who aren’t listening to the American people and that aren’t doing what they said they would do.”

Cruz made it clear that he supports renewable fuels, but could not support policies from Washington that pick winners and losers in the market.

“I have every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete, can continue to do well, without having to go on bended-knee to Washington asking for subsidies and asking for special favors. I think that’s how we got into this problem to begin with.”

Cruz went on, “There are a lot of politicians who are going to come and tell you whatever you want to hear. And they do that in every environment…and on the stump they sound great.”

“Now I bet I’m not the only person here who’s been disappointed with politicians in Washington, who is tired of people blowing smoke. A few months ago, my wife Heidi and I…took the girls to the Children’s Museum and there was a police officer there…And he walked up to me and said, ‘You know, I didn’t vote for you, but I’ll say this, you’ve done what you said you would do.'”

“And so when I tell you that I will fight with every breath in my body that I will stop the government regulations that are strangling the family farms, that are strangling the ranches, that are strangling the small businesses, killing job growth; when I tell you I will fight to stop the EPA from expanding the waters of the United States; when I tell you that I will fight to stop Obamacare and executive amnesty, then you know you can count on that, that I would do what I said I would do, that I will tell you the truth.”

ICYMI: In Speech to Club for Growth, Ted Cruz Defines What it Means to be a Courageous Conservative

WASHINGTON, DC — Last night, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, received an enthusiastic welcome from more than 200 members of the pro-free market Club for Growth. The Senator, who has a 100 percent rating by the Club, reminded his audience that winning on issues takes leadership and leadership takes courage.

Cruz went on to say that only a courageous conservatism willing to stand with the American people and against the powerful in Washington will be able to win in 2016. That is how we can reignite the “Miracle of America.”

He reiterated his commitment to various issues important to conservatives, from repealing Obamacare and abolishing the IRS, to stopping corporate welfare and championing Internet freedom.

The Washington Post reported:

[Cruz argued] a Republican candidate could win only if he or she motivates more conservative activists, especially evangelical Christians, to vote.

Cruz, who was accompanied… by his wife and two daughters, basked in a warm reception from members of the Club for Growth, which provided substantial resources to help his underdog primary campaign for Senate in 2012.

As reported by National Review, Cruz’s core message that clearly connected with The Club for Growth is the same message that is electrifying grassroots conservatives:

Ted Cruz is a grassroots favorite with a reputation for electrifying conservative crowds with rallying cries against the Republican establishment. His pitch to the party’s top-dollar donors isn’t much different. On stage Friday evening before some of the Republican party’s biggest benefactors, Cruz called for gutting Obamacare and the IRS — standard elements of his stump speech that generated the most applause from a crowd of donors, too.

Additionally, Politico wrote:

“We should abolish the IRS,” he declared during his speech to cheers… “We need to repeal every word of Obamacare,” he said a few minutes later… The Export-Import Bank “should be abolished,” he went on.

Sen. Cruz told the crowd that he would phase out ethanol subsidies under the Renewable Fuel Standard, and reiterated his support for measures to eliminate sugar subsidies. Politico reported:

[W]e’re in Florida right now,” he went on. “We don’t need subsidies for sugar in Florida!” … “Amen,” said David McIntosh, the president of the Club for Growth.

As unelected bureaucrats at the Federal Communications Commission continue efforts to bypass Congress and take control of Internet regulation, Sen. Cruz made clear to the audience that anywhere government encroaches on freedom, he is fighting back. According to Politico:

Cruz also attacked the Federal Communications Commission for its new net neutrality rules. He said that the Obama administration is turning the Internet into “a regulated public utility.” … “Does anyone here associate with public utilities words like innovation, creativity and growth?”

Sen. Cruz concluded with a hopeful, but resolute message to the audience about 2016 if they would stay the course. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz offered conservative activists here Friday night a strategy to turn out conservative voters and get new people to support the eventual GOP presidential nominee in 2016: “draw a line in the sand.”

Sen. Cruz Names Rick Tyler Senior Communications Advisor

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has named Rick Tyler senior communications advisor to his Jobs Growth and Freedom PAC, effective immediately.

“Rick’s 20 years of experience in conservative Republican politics make him a strong asset to our team as we continue to fight for limited government and advance the cause of liberty,” Sen. Cruz said. “His communications expertise will be invaluable to our operation, and Heidi and I are excited to have him on board.”

“I am honored to come on board with Sen. Cruz and join the effort to make D.C. listen to the American people,” Tyler said. “I believe he will emerge as the conservative leader of the next generation because he understands that it is not ‘we the bureaucrats,’ but ‘we the people’ who make this nation exceptional.”

Prior to his most recent position at the Strategy Group for Media, Tyler served for twelve years as press secretary and spokesperson to former Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also founded Renewing American Leadership, a faith-based not-for-profit organization created by the former speaker to promote values of family, faith, freedom and free-enterprise. Additionally, Tyler formerly served as a field trainer for GOPAC, training hundreds of candidates to lead successful campaigns for elected office in 26 different states. He was also executive director of the Maine Republican Party. Tyler resides in Virginia with his wife and daughter.