Senate GOP chief McConnell omits Ted Cruz from book

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. ASSOCIATED PRESS

There’s no love lost between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, especially after Cruz very publicly last July — on the Senate floor — accused McConnell of lying.

Now, it’s payback time.

In his new memoir, The Long Game, McConnell does not mention Cruz at all.

When USA Today, in an interview ahead of the book’s release, asked McConnell about the omission of Cruz, McConnell gave a withering response.

The Washington Post gave him three Pinocchios for calling me a liar,” McConnell said.

The Post’s fact-checking column April 19 looked at Cruz’s claim on the presidential campaign trail that no one had disputed his version of events. Cruz alleged that McConnell had cut a deal as part of a legislative maneuver and then denied it. But Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said at the time that Cruz was “mistaken.” The “fact checker” column gives out a maximum of four Pinocchios.

Cruz is an attention-getting freshman, as he proved in 2013 when he led a partial federal government shutdown. But McConnell isn’t having it, saying that the junior Texas senator is “not a significant part of my story.”

Victory 2016

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush will serve as the 2016 Victory Chairman for Texas.

His new title means he will be busy raising funds to re-elect GOP officeholders — and elect more Republicans to office — as well as register new voters and get more Republicans to the polls in November.

Bush and his family lived in Fort Worth until he was elected to the statewide office in 2014.

“The Republican Party of Texas is very excited to hit the ground running with Commissioner Bush in this year’s Victory efforts,” state GOP Chairman Tom Mechler said. “We look forward to having the commissioner’s assistance so that we can take the fight directly to the Democrats.

“2016 is a critical election year, and I am confident that with Commissioner Bush serving as the 2016 Victory Chairman, we will annihilate the Democrats up-and-down the ballot this November.”

Veterans seminar

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, will host a Texas Veterans Services Seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus ballroom, 2100 Southeast Parkway in Arlington.

There will be presentations by the Texas Veterans Commission, Texas Veterans Land Board, UT Arlington and Tarrant County College.

For information, or to RSVP, call 817-459-2800.

TCC renames Aviation Center

Tarrant County College has renamed its aviation center the Erma C. Johnson Hadley Northwest Campus Center of Excellence for Aviation, Logistics and Transportation, in honor of the late chancellor.

Hadley, who died Oct 1, 2015, of pancreatic cancer, served as TCC’s fourth chancellor from 2010 to her death. She was 73. She began her career at TCC in 1968 as a business instructor. As chancellor, she oversaw the opening of the aviation center at Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth.

The college said the 163,500-square-foot aviation center allowed it to consolidate its aviation programs under one roof along with its Logistics and Supply Chain Management Program. TCC’s program includes avionics technology, airframe maintenance, advanced composite technology and professional pilot training.

Recently, 17 pilots graduated as part of its first class.

Mayor Price on Mexico trade mission

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is on a trade mission in Mexico City through Wednesday.

She is joined by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the Dallas Regional Chamber, the Fort Worth Chamber, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Trade between Dallas-Fort Worth and Mexico was more than $1.3 billion in 2015, making it one of the biggest international markets for the area, according to Price’s office.

In a statement, Price said that “as our nearest trade partner, Mexico and her citizens play a significant role in our business outlook and cultural affairs. Our commitment to growing our educational, business and cultural connections between our citizens must remain a long-term priority for the sustainability for our neighbors, co-workers and friends.”

Upcoming political dates

June 16-18: Democratic State Convention in San Antonio

July 18-21: 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland

July 25-28: 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.

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