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WATCH: Ted Cruz Wades Into Oklahoma GOP Primary

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WATCH: Ted Cruz Wades Into Oklahoma GOP Primary


Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is jumping into Oklahoma’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate, endorsing former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon in a new ad from the Senate Conservatives Fund.

“In Oklahoma, there are a number of good Senate candidates, but T.W. Shannon is a conservative fighter,” Cruz says in the 30-second television spot. “He has the courage to look Washington insiders in the eye, and say, ‘I don’t work for you, I work for the people of Oklahoma.'”

“On June 24, let’s make D.C. listen, and vote T.W. Shannon for U.S. Senate,” Cruz concludes.

Roll Call reports that the ad is backed by a $163,429 buy, and will air through Tuesday’s primary.

Shannon is one of just two 2014 Senate candidates to receive Cruz’s endorsement (Nebraska’s Ben Sasse is the other). Cruz’s lack of direct involvement in the midterms comes as a surprise, given his position as the vice chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senate Republicans’ official campaign arm. He has shown more willingness to work with outside groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund — which often works against incumbent Republicans — leaving many of his GOP colleagues furious.

There may be a bit of score settling involved in Cruz’s endorsement in Oklahoma. Shannon’s chief opponent is Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), the fifth-ranking House Republican and a close ally to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), with whom Cruz has an adverserial relationship. Although Lankford voted against the deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the Cruz-created government shutdown, he has complained that it didn’t “solve anything.”

Lankford is the tentative favorite in Tuesday’s primary, although Shannon has steadily narrowed the gap over the past several months. Lankford leads Shannon by 5 percent, according to The Huffington Post’s polling average.

Screenshot: Senate Conservatives Fund/YouTube

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. FireBaron June 20, 2014

    I finally figured out who Ted Cruz reminds me of (and I AM showing my age with this one) – the old comics character “Sad Sack”! He has that same hangdog face!

    1. ORAXX June 22, 2014

      With a touch of Eddie Munster thrown in.

  2. nana4gj June 21, 2014

    I wish this ugly man would take himself and his father back to Cuba and use his words, ideas, and “courage” to effect a difference there. You have to wonder why that father did not stay in Cuba and fight for what he believed in over there.

  3. Bill June 21, 2014

    Why the GOP or anyone else would listen to this man is beyond me.

  4. howa4x June 21, 2014

    Cruz and his ilk are a gift to Democrats. He is dragging the party to the right extreme, farther and father away from the treasure chest middle. He is on a personal ego trip, making it all about him and not the future of the republican party. He is now becoming public enemy # 1 of the establishment GOP. It also shows vividly the Billionaire split with the Koch’s splitting off from Wall st money


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