After the disastrous midterm elections for Republicans, the blame game largely focused on former President Donald Trump. ballot box toxicity. But conservatives may also want to keep an eye on the record of another self-styled GOP influencer: Senator Ted Cruz.
Cruz has already put her stamp on more than two dozen GOP candidates in the middle of this term, and things have not gone well. Most of them either lost or, with some totals still dripping, are now losing.
Cruz focused her support on the House races, most specifically 24 of the 25 participating candidates.Cruz 25 for 22 Winning Funds“common fundraising committee. Out of 24 candidates, only 9 have won or are currently leading in their races. The group features only one of Cruz’s fellow senators, Mike Lee, who won re-election after overcoming a surprisingly tough challenge from independent candidate Evan McMullin.
The super PAC “Truth and Courage” attached to Cruz is even worse. The public group affiliated with Cruz—to a degree possibly illegal—won only one of these three races that it sponsors. That would be the victory that Representative-elect Cory Mills scored against Karen Green in an empty Florida seat.
Two other candidates, New Hampshire’s Karoline Leavitt and Virginia’s Yesli Vega—both of the Who cuddling with far-right figures in their campaigns—losing elections, in races where Republicans invest big. And while Leavitt and Vega were also part of Cruz’s “25 for 22” team, Mills, the sole winner of the super PAC, was not a member.
Cruz is also tied to a joint committee for several Senate candidates. That group,”Win the Senate 2022,” counts his leadership PAC alongside Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). Of the five 2022 contenders on the committee, three have won their races: Katie Britt in Alabama, JD Vance in Ohio and Ted Budd in North Carolina. Dr. Mehmet Oz admit in Pennsylvania and Adam Laxalt lost in Nevada.
And with that record, the outspoken conservative Texans announced—the day after the election—that he would be the first official to appear in person in Georgia for the ballot campaign of Republican Herschel Walker.
For Cruz, that seemed like a new enthusiasm. While he did before appearance in Georgia to support Walker, football legend was not included in Cruz and Cornyn’s joint fundraising campaign, and none of the Cruz-related committees has given Walker any money for the general election, according to current federal campaign finance yes data.
The move comes as GOP advisers and power brokers — fearing a repeat of the 2021 Georgia contests, where Democrats flip two seats — are beg Trump to stay out of the sprint, and even delay his expected 2024 candidacy announcement until after the race is decided.
However, Cruz also made himself into the 2021 qualifiers. By then, he was running Facebook ads in Georgia asking for donations to give Republicans a majority in the Senate.
“Root guns, raise taxes, open borders and stack up on the Supreme Court. It’s the Democrats’ radical agenda if they win the Georgia Senate election,” Cruz said in the ad, soliciting small dollar donations for what he calls the “Fund Keep Georgia Red.”
Unfortunately for the Georgia GOP candidates, all money went straight to Ted Cruzand both Republicans lost.
But it’s not just Cruz’s candidates who have poor records; he also tested the limits of the law to do just that.
One “blatant white”Election law troll, Cruz’s political efforts this year appear to have flouted rules designed to remove candidates from super PACs. Daily Beast previous report the incredible fortuitous relationship between Cruz and the super PAC Truth and Courage, both between the group’s major sponsors and its suppliers.
Campaign finance laws make it illegal for a candidate to establish, direct, fund, or control an unlimited number of crowdfunding super PACs. And Cruz went so far as to make personal appearance in Truth and Courage nationwide fundraising events—even a store Is called it’s “Crusus’ ‘Truth and Courage PAC’ Tour”—Make a question about exactly what he campaigned for.
Super PAC site promote national tour with Cruz, picking out four Senate candidates: Laxalt, Walker, Vance and Blake Masters of Arizona. Only Vance won the election.
And earlier this year, Cruz filed some strange reports suggesting he has turned his own campaign into a super PAC, made a series of independent expenditures on behalf of a former employee, Cassy Garcia—while possibly violating coordination rules. The push helped push Garcia over the line in her Texas primaries.
On Tuesday, Garcia lost to Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) in the general election.