Jenny Beth Martin: Ted Cruz and ‘dirty tricks’

Source: Washington Times | February 24, 2016 | Jenny Beth Martin

Politics makes strange bedfellows, so it should come as no surprise that three GOP presidential candidates, the liberal media, and the Republican Establishment elites have all set aside their differences to unite around a single narrative in the hopes of discrediting Ted Cruz, their most formidable opponent. Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio have coalesced around the message that Sen. Ted Cruz is a “dirty trickster,” incapable of telling the truth. In reality, that line of attack reveals much more about those making the accusation than it does about Ted Cruz.

Since the Tea Party movement formed almost exactly seven years ago, I have had the honor of working alongside Sen. Cruz on some of the most significant initiatives our movement has undertaken. Sen. Cruz stood with Tea Party Patriots when we wanted to block funding for Obamacare before the law was fully implemented. He was also by our side during the fight against the Senate’s amnesty bill. Sen. Cruz stood up to Mitch McConnell, his own party’s leader in the Senate, when McConnell tried to pull a fast one to raise the debt ceiling while trying to make it appear Republicans had nothing to do with it. The fact is, Sen. Cruz fearlessly took up our causes in the Senate, even when it was politically unprofitable to do so.


Americans know what dirty tricks look like, and, quite frankly, we’re sick of them. That’s why Ted Cruz, the anti-Washington candidate, won in Iowa, it’s why Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund endorsed him, and it’s why the Establishment will do anything to stop him.

As we head into Super Tuesday, when more than 620 delegates are at stake, you can bet the Washington Establishment, the media, and Sen. Cruz’s GOP rivals will all be up to their usual dirty tricks.

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