House Conservatives Travel to Iowa for Ted Cruz

House Conservatives Travel to Iowa for Ted Cruz

Postby topsecret10 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:07 am

Mr. Tyler said that he expected Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa), an early backer of Mr. Cruz, to introduce the other House Republicans to Iowa caucus-goers and help drive home the message that the senator does have a base of support in Washington.

The senator has spent years cultivating House Republicans, earning the nickname “Speaker Cruz” for his influence in the House. Those relationships, developed through dinners at the Capitol Hill restaurant Tortilla Coast and over late-night pizza in his offices, are now coming in handy, especially as Mr. Trump questions Mr. Cruz’s status as a natural-born citizen and tries to paint him as weak on immigration.

“Ted Cruz is the only candidate for president who has a proven track record of doing the right thing,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R., Ala.), one of Congress’s biggest opponents of illegal immigration, who plans to speak at one of the caucuses in Iowa on behalf of Mr. Cruz–even if that means missing the votes that are scheduled in the House that same evening.

Part of the appeal for the lawmakers is that Mr. Cruz plays to one of the oldest rivalries in Congress — the one between the House and the Senate, which among insiders is considered to be more bitter than the rivalry between the two parties. Notably, Mr. Cruz does not have the endorsement of a single sitting senator.

Mr. Trump hasn’t received such an endorsement either. On Saturday, however, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), a folk hero in Iowa, showed up at a Trump rally in an appearance that was widely viewed as a validation of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

That leaves Mr. Cruz to round up his own group of supporters. He got a boost on Monday when he picked up the endorsement of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. But for support from Washington, he has turned to people like himself who have railed against the power structure from within it.

“The solid conservative core of the Republican Party has been belittled and dismissed by the corporate wing of the party for as long as I can remember,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.), who says he will fly to Iowa if the Cruz camp needs him. ... -ted-cruz/
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