Thursday, June 2, 2011

Club for Growth endorses Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz has picked up some key endorsements, although the FreedomWorks - we've pointed out how it might not be as favorable as he would hope, this week with another one coming from the Club for Growth.

Pro-Amnesty Organization FreedomWorks endorses Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz received the endorsement of Dick Armey's group FreedomWorks yesterday according to David Catanese of Politico. FreedomWorks is a Washington D.C. based group. Keep in mind that Dick Armey and FreedomWorks has a pro Amnesty record.

One of America's leading conservative voices, Michelle Malkin, has consistently pointed the flaws of Dick Armey.

I have wonderful, grass-roots friends at Freedomworks.
Dick Armey is not one of them.
He’s a clueless promoter of bailout-happy, big government Republican Sen. John McCain. And Armey’s a blowhard-y Beltway dinosaur who can’t resist shooting off his mouth and alienating the Tea Party base while criticizing other conservatives of alienation. At the National Press Club to promote the D.C. protest against Demcare, Armey veered off into a liberal platitude-littered rant against conservatives who believe in strict enforcement of our immigration laws.
Understand that FreedomWorks is a pro-amnesty organization.
NumbersUSA details Armey’s pro-amnesty record. It’s abysmal.

In boasting about exercising his Beltway power to keep folks like Tom Tancredo off the stage, Armey embodies everything the Tea Party movement is supposed to stand against — top-down control, political hubris, silencing of dissent. With “friends” like Dick Armey, who needs enemies?
Ouch. Understand Dick Armey has said that he does not want walls to be built on the border.

Here he says it's ok to illegally cross the border if you love your babies akin to running a stop light at night if no one is around.

Does Ted Cruz believe in open borders as much as Dick Armey?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Asking the Candidates Questions

We asked for you to give us questions and you did, overwhelmingly. Many had the same questions, a few different. We've decided to pick three plus several generic questions and here they are:

1. What makes you feel you are qualified to become a United States Senator?
2. What have you done in the past to help out Republican Candidates?
3. Who has endorsed your campaign?
4. Who are your major donors?
5. Name a Republican you disagree with and why?
6. What have you done to help the Tea Party?
7. Where do you fall on ethanol subsidies, do you believe agribusiness subsidises should be cut and if so which ones would you cut?
8. Where do you stand on sanctuary cities? What is your plan for border security?
9. What would be your number one piece of legislation you would try and get passed?
10. Where do you plan on having offices, what cities? (this is for the rural blogs in Texas who feel they don't have access to the current Senators)
11. Did you support Governor Rick Perry, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, or Debra Medina for Governor?
12. If someone wanted to donate to your campaign but you disagreed with their beliefs, would you accept their campaign donation?
13. How many terms do you plan to serve, what are your thoughts on term limits?
14. What are your thoughts on social media?
15. Other than Reagan, who in conservative ideology most influence(d) you?

Ted Cruz: (

1. You have made a cornerstone of your campaign the fact you are an Hispanic running with your father’s legacy of moving to the United States on one hand and a man who has fought for the constitution on the other.  Two questions related to this, number one – your father learned English but it’s been reported that you haven’t learned Spanish – true? Second, do you believe the founding fathers created a document, the constitution, that has upheld the test of time and has a procedure for amendments or do you believe it is time for America to have a Constitutional Convention?  If you are for a Con/Con, explain why.

2. You decided initially to run for Attorney General to succeed Greg Abbott, a couple of questions related to this. Your campaign of being a prior Solicitor General is significant in your strategy. One, does the SG argue cases in front of the Supreme Court that the AG asks him/her to – and thus were you just doing your job? Following up to that, do you feel you are taking credit away from AG Greg Abbott and leaving him little to run on himself someday?  The most important questions related to your first race are your contributors. One is Peter Thiel who was an early investor in Facebook. Two points to this, one Mr. Thiel is a libertarian who has been a strong advocate for Gay Rights and is working hard to overturn California’s Prop 8 that defined marriage. He has helped significantly the organization GOProud and is trying to take the Republican party away from social issues. Mr. Thiel donated a quarter of a million dollars to your AG’s race. All of that being said, can you explain to the Republican Primary voter why you are receiving such strong support from a man who wants to overturn state’s laws regarding the defense of Marriage? The second point is his ties to Facebook, which leads to question #3.

3. You have long mentioned you have a significant following of Facebook fans. Your campaign spent large sums of money purchasing Facebook ads and received donations from an early investor of Facebook at the same time. Do you A) feel this is a conflict of interest and B) can you talk about how state funds cannot be transferred to federal races yet you have transferred fans accumulated while in a state campaign to a federal campaign?

David Dewhurst: (physically mailed, no email listed on website)

1. Can you fully explain your actions related to the TSA Anti-Groping bill, it is said you are the one who killed the bill – one that was fully supported by both the House and Senate. What happened?

2. You obviously have a large personal wealth, how did you accumulate your wealth and have you used it to help other Republican candidates both in Texas and across the country?

3. You will be 66 years old, which means you would be 72 at the conclusion of your first term, what do you say to the Texans who want a Senator who can serve multiple terms and be effective for the state?

Tom Leppert: (

1. Given your recently joining the Republican party, besides your endorsement of Governor Perry just prior to the General Election – what other Republican candidates have you endorsed?

2. It has come out that you donated large amounts to Ron Kirk, a Democrat, when he ran against Republican John Cornyn for the Senate. Three questions, President Bush campaigned for Mr. Cornyn with a rally on the night before the election – how do you square supporting Ron Kirk when President Bush was fighting for a Republican Senate? Second, how do explain donating to a Democrat over a Republican? Third, How do you expect to work with a Senator you worked against in the election?

3. The Texas Republican Primary voter tends to be staunchly conservative, but your record as Mayor was moderate at best while some say liberal. Running for Mayor, you sought and received endorsements from the SEIU and ACORN, two groups conservatives are diametrically opposed to. You worked to get a government owned hotel that increased the debt on the citizens of Dallas. You voted in favor of a tax increase in your first budget as Mayor. You hired an openly gay chief of staff and marched in gay pride parades. Yet today; you campaign as a tax fighter, against increasing debts, for family values and against same sex marriage. Two questions, especially on the last issue, what do you tell Chris Heinbaugh in relation to your belief he should be able to marry and how can one trust you to be conservative when you’ve governed very liberally as a Mayor?

Michael Williams: (

1. You have been running for the Senate for some time now, and prior to that you were a member of the Railroad Commission – how come your campaign hasn’t gained much traction from the fund raising side of it?

2. You have endorsed some liberal Republican candidates, most significantly Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani is for gay marriage & for abortion rights. Two questions, are you for gay marriage and abortion rights and if not, how can you support someone who is.

3. Follow up to that would be do you think the Republican Party should no longer concentrate on social issues and simply focus on fiscal issues?

Roger Williams: (physically mailed questions and submitted them online through their portal)

1. You are arguing that the voters need to elect a business man as their next Senator, do you feel this is the only reason voters should select you? This has been the single most sent in question related to your candidacy, and that is why should we elect a car dealer owner from outside of Fort Worth?

2. What does the Secretary of State do, is it just ceremonial and how does that make you qualified to be a United States Senator.

3. Texas saw some victories and some losses while you were chairman of Victory Texas, how did that prepare you to run for Senate and how do you explain the losses.

Note: we showed you which email address we sent our questions into. We are working on getting staff emails for campaign managers because we feel the generic mailboxes won't be answered. It will be a good test to see if they actually use this email.

May Social Media Stats

It's the first of the month, and it's time for our Social Media stats to be released. Important note: Again, it's important to we are also, for Facebook, using their official site and not their personal site. We have received some nasty criticism from one candidate regarding this issue - you're the campaign, it's your responsibility. It's the job of the candidate to get friends over to the official site.

Ted Cruz 60,071 +2,506*
Roger Williams 7,400 +679
Tom Leppert 1,616 +187
Michael Williams 7,975  +54
David Dewhurst: 21,215 -552

 Important Note: As we will continue to point out until we have a clear ruling from a legal standpoint, Ted Cruz is the leader in facebook fans but a bulk of those came as a result of facebook ads he purchased as a candidate for Attorney General. We've also come across news related to him and Facebook that we're investigating that may not be good news for the Cruz campaign.

Notice that one candidate actually lost Facebook fans and that was the Lt. Governor, which could be a result of his killing the TSA groping bill which he has flip flopped on. Very interesting.

Ted Cruz 12,253 followers @tedcruz +1,615
Michael Williams 2,371 followers @williamsfortx +708
David Dewhurst 4,978 followers @dewhurst4texas +251
Roger Williams 1,108 followers @rogerforsenate +202Tom Leppert 1,592 followers @tomleppert +193

Tom Leppert 405 +124
Roger Williams +64Ted Cruz +39
Michael Williams +24
David Dewhurst +21

Analysis: Tom Leppert is working twitter hard but isn't seeing it result in increased followers which has to be causing some heartburn within his campaign when you consider he isn't adding that many Facebook fans either. His is the newest campaign and has the most to gain right now, and he hasn't been able to do that. Michael Williams is also seemingly blowing an opportunity considering he is adding so many new twitter followers but isn't giving them much news to retweet. Likewise with Ted Cruz, he doubled the amount of new followers but lags behind on the number of tweets. Roger Williams stats were flat as well on the number of new twitter followers and is in last place overall on the total watching his words. And David Dewhurst, he had the most news this month with the closing of the session and one would have thought he would be a twitter hog - but not so much + he lost followers on Facebook. A really bad month continues the speculation he is going to bypass this race.

UPDATE: Props to the Roger Williams Campaign for a direct tweet back asking us if we wanted to interview Roger and to Michael Williams retweet back on the issue of the Constitutional Convention!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Vacation

will be taking a vacation till next week... enjoy and remember why we are celebrating on Monday.

Dewhurst Seeks Groping Vote?

David Dewhurst is getting hammered in social media circles by working to kill the bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, a favorite amongst conservatives, that would have made groping by the TSA a crime. At the same time, he has upset the Alex Jones followers as well - the group that tried to propel Debra Medina before the birther comments came out.

While Governor Perry made fighting Barack Obama the winning strategy to fend off a challenge by Kay Bailey Hutchison, apparently David Dewhurst didn't read the same tea leaves. An anti-pat down bill passed the Texas House 138-0 was killed by the Lt. Governor and would not have happened if not for a letter threatening Texas by the Obama Justice department.

According to Sen. Dan Patrick, Dewhurst "came up with this elaborate political play to kill the bill without his fingerprints,” adding, “His fingerprints are all over this.”

This has played very poorly over the social media scene and is yet another sign that either A) Dewhurst will not run for the Senate or B) has an incompetent Senate campaign that can't win anyhow. The other campaigns will eat this up making it more difficult for Dewhurst to survive a tough primary.

Lawyer Ted Cruz fights against America's Founding Fathers, wants ConCon

Many of us believe the United States Constitution is a grand document that just needs to be followed, it's already been written properly. Ted Cruz apparently disagrees as an advocate for a ConCon, or a Constitutional Convention.

Understand that Ted Cruz is a product of an Ivy League and this is where the ConCon has its  most strength. Problem is, the Tea Party movement is certainly not a product of the Ivy League and in fact are fighting against that elitism of the Northeast.

There are many pitfalls to a Constitutional Convention, the number one being the main stream media. We already have an uphill battle during the Presidential campaigns, asking for a fair and balanced debate is simply unattainable.

Once called, it is a free-for-all making the risk of a Constitutional Convention uncontrollable. Once the convention starts there is no provision in the constitution, or in law, to limit the convention to any one agenda item

Imagine if you will if the radical left hijacks the Convention, it could mean:
- Repeal of the Second Amendment (the gun-grabbers would love this)
- Repeal of the 10th Amendment (not that it is enforced anyhow)
- Repeal of presidential term limits
- Recognition of International Law as a part of our Supreme Court decision-making (it's already being done despite its unconstitutionality)
- Re-write of the Fourteenth Amendment by excluding the ‘under the jurisdiction thereof’ phrase to include children born of Illegal Aliens

So all the protections we have had and the advances we've made on the 2nd amendment could be for naught.

As someone who is running on fighting for the constitution, allowing the radical left to obliterate it is a funny way of showing it love. It is becoming increasingly stunning how un-conservative Ted Cruz really is. The  liberals argue that the Constitution is a living-breathing documents versus conservatives who believe otherwise - knowing our founding fathers got it right. As an advocate for a ConCon, it seems Ted Cruz is a NoCon(servative.) At least according to conservative stalwart Phyllis Schlafly.