After non-endorsement, will Texans stand by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz?

Suddenly, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, isn’t acting like a shoo-in for re-election.

After his prime-time non-endorsement of GOP nominee Donald Trump at the Cleveland convention caused a firestorm, Cruz became the target of a lot of speculation. Already Democrats such as former State Sen. Wendy Davis, formerly of Fort Worth, and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio are talking about throwing their hats in the ring for U.S. Senate in 2018.

As soon as Castro said in a joint CBS News’ interview with his brother, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, that he was “going to take a look at it,” Cruz launched a fundraising appeal.

“Despite any record of achievement and a liberal ideology out of touch with the majority of Texans, the Castro brothers have the full support of the mainstream media and Washington establishment willing to do everything in their power to turn Texas blue,” said Cruz. “Help me fight back!”

As for Davis, Cruz sent out an email with an image of cowboy boots and the former Texas senator’s famous pink sneakers: “In the battle of Texas cowboy boots v. pink running shoes, who do you stand with?”

Fair warning

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey had a piece of advice for fellow Texans during the recent Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Don’t throw your vote away.

He said he knows that a number of people may consider voting for a third-party candidate if they don’t want to support Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump.

“Let me be clear about this: If you are going to vote for one of those individuals … you are voting for Donald Trump,” Veasey told Texas Democratic delegates.

American Sniper

The late larger-than- life “American Sniper” Chris Kyle — and the man who played him — continue to be news magnets.

Kyle, who was killed in 2013 in Erath County at a shooting range, was honored last week in Odessa with a memorial plaza named for him and a bronze statue. The Navy SEAL, who, along with a friend, was gunned down by a Marine they were trying to help, was born in Odessa in 1974. Both U.S. GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz issued statements praising Kyle and the memorial.

Meanwhile, actor Bradley Cooper, who earned an Academy Award nomination in 2015 for his portrayal of Kyle, got a lot of hate on Twitter as cameras showed him at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. According to Philly.com, Philadelphia native “Cooper was one of the biggest trending topics on Twitter Wednesday night.”

A longtime Democrat, Cooper nonetheless upset some fans who identify him with Kyle, a conservative icon.

Wikileaks touches Texas

Henry Munoz, a San Antonio Democrat and finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is one of the most wired politicians in the country.

He is apparently the subject of quite a few emails among the more than 19,000 DNC emails that Wikileaks released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

In one of them, Scott Comer, the committee’s finance chief of staff, begs a White House official for help with the executive mansion’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Comer wanted to invite someone else in place of James Kazen, an executive vice president at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, who had to cancel at the last minute.

“James Kazen is no longer able to make it on the 5th. Would it be possible to sub in Francisco? Sorry for the short notice. Henry Munoz is being absolutely ridiculous about this event,” said the email from Comer.

In his place, the DNC invited Francisco Cortes, vice president for Fox News Latino.

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Oct. 11: Last day to register to vote

Oct. 24-Nov. 4: Early voting

Nov. 8: General Election

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