U.S. Sen. John Cornyn still won’t back fellow Texan Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas AP

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, still won’t endorse his fellow Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

“I just don’t think it’s appropriate for a United States senator to be picking the nominee,” Cornyn told Texas reporters during a recent conference call. “I think it’s the voters and the delegates, and I'm more than happy to support the nominee they choose.”

Cornyn said he anticipates a contested GOP convention. And yes, he would support front-runner Donald Trump if he’s the nominee.

While Cornyn has been cool to Cruz ever since the younger Texas senator refused to endorse him in the 2014 primary, the Senate majority whip got a “healing” visit of sorts from former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm.

Gramm has endorsed Cruz and is now a top economic adviser to the junior senator as well as a sort of “goodwill ambassador” who is visiting his former congressional colleagues, like Cornyn, not to get endorsements for Cruz but to smooth the way for tax and fiscal policy issues that Cruz supports.

But, wait, Sen. Gramm, didn’t you endorse Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.?

Um. Yes. And Gramm told Politex he thinks Rubio “will be president someday.”

Cyber security

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, recently joined other Texas congressional leaders at a hearing in Sherman to address how prepared officials are for cyber security problems.

The goal of the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade hearing was to make sure local and state officials are prepared for any cyber incidents and know how to respond.

“This hearing comes at an ideal time as all Americans prepare to file their taxes … and many will face the very real hurdle when they discover that their accounts have been diverted in the past due to a breach of personal data,” said Burgess, who heads the committee.

Calling teen leaders

Former President George W. Bush is looking for a few new leaders.

Well, his presidential library in Dallas is, anyway.

Officials there are accepting applications until April 29 from high school students who want to attend the free, three-day June 15-17 event: “Camp 43: Leader of One, Leader of Many.”

Just visiting

Speaking of the Bush family, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush — son of former presidential candidate Jeb Bush — was back in Fort Worth for a brief visit last week.

Before he was elected to the statewide post, Bush lived in Fort Worth with his wife, Amanda, and their first son, Prescott. Their family — which later grew with the birth of a second son, Jack — moved to Austin before he was sworn into office.

Bush was spotted having lunch at downtown’s Taco Diner.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

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