In 2012, Ted Cruz , former Solicitor General of Texas, pulled a huge upset in the Lone Star State to represent the State of Texas in the Senate following the retirement of long-time Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
Against all odds, Cruz beat sitting Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, a man worth $200 million who not only pumped money into his own campaign but also had the backing of the establishment in Texas. The battle was contentious, with Cruz going on to beat Dewhurst in a run-off on July 31, 2012 after being outspent, but running on the power of a strong grassroots campaign.
One would think that after such a shocking loss by Dewhurst, who had served Texas as Lt. Governor since 2003 and prior to that served as Land Commissioner from 1999 to 2003, that there would be bad blood or resentment on Dewhurst’s part, Who knows, perhaps there was. But a tweet that Dewhurst sent out during the GOP Debate in Houston broadcast by CNN on February 25 was a huge shoutout of respect for something Cruz supporters have said for years.
As he was obviously watching the debate, David Dewhurst tweeted out a bit of praise for Cruz in defense of him.
— David Dewhurst (@DavidHDewhurst) February 26, 2016
How refreshing to see someone from the Republican establishment give praise to Cruz for the one thing that some in the establishment attack him over — his belief in, adherence to, and defense of the Constitution.
That is Cruz’s guiding point. He doesn’t go along to get along if that requires turning his back on our founding document and it drives political elitists like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell crazy.
The tweet did not go unnoticed. Many responded with praise and respect for Dewhurst’s ability to separate himself from his loss to Cruz to offer some praise for the very thing Cruz often finds himself attacked over by many on the left and the right.
— ConserValidity (@ConserValidity) February 29, 2016
— Daniel Woodworth (@Dinocaridid) February 26, 2016
— V for Vendetta (@Texgalleslie) February 26, 2016
— God,Guns&Ted Cruz (@RobForshey) February 26, 2016