Politics & Government

Ted Cruz after-election endorsements: Better late than never?

One day after Texas’ primary election, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made a new round of endorsements.

After the votes were tallied, he posted a note on Facebook endorsing three Texas Republicans: Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor; George P. Bush, who is running for land commissioner; and John Cornyn, the state’s senior senator, who is seeking re-election.

About Cornyn he wrote: “John is a friend, and a good man. He’s earned considerable respect in the Senate. We have not agreed on everything, but we have agreed on the vast majority of issues. Together, we’re a strong and effective team for Texas.”

Cornyn claimed nearly 60 percent of the vote in the eight-way race for the GOP nomination.

Cruz steered clear of endorsing Cornyn before the election, ruffling the feathers of some Republicans.

“Guess we will see down the road of refusing to support your state’s senior Senator & publicly undercutting him is smart long-term politics,” Brian Walsh, a Republican strategist and former Cornyn staffer, tweeted on election night.

Strong backing

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, pulled out his own big endorsement — from President Barack Obama — shortly before last week’s primary.

“Marc is a champion for working and middle-class families in the Texas 33rd Congressional District and has quickly established himself as a leader in the fight to fix our broken immigration system,” Obama said.

Veasey’s opponent, Tom Sanchez, was quick to respond.

“Marc Veasey’s plea for help has been perfunctorily answered,” said Betsy Lopez-Wagner, a spokeswoman for the Sanchez campaign. “Had Veasey felt this much urgency when it came to deportations and jobs, he’d leave the president alone on the Friday before an election.”

Veasey won the primary election with 73 percent of the vote. Sanchez earned nearly 27 percent, according to complete but unofficial results from the Texas secretary of state’s office.

Texas/Wales axis

The latest group among dozens of caucuses on Capitol Hill to get members of Congress to join up and promote a cause is a little bit different from the usual run-of-the-mill promotion.

It wants to draw attention to Wales, that would be without the “h,” a fiercely proud country that is part of the United Kingdom.

The newly formed Congressional Friends of Wales Caucus came together in late February and the yet-tiny group of six members counts two Texans — and they both represent Tarrant County.

Reps. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, and Roger Williams, R-Austin, are both friends of Wales, with Williams claiming a family connection back to his great-great-grandparents.

Marchant doesn’t have a family link but, like Williams, he’s been there and wants to promote trade, tourism and economic development. It was a big enough deal for Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones to attend the caucus reception.

U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Clear Lake, who lost his U.S. Senate bid Tuesday, will retire at the end of this Congress.