Just in time for the upcoming Fourth of July, Independence Day weekend, major fireworks erupted on Monday after details began to be released about 2016 presidential candidate, constitutional conservative Ted Cruz’s new book debuting on Tuesday, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America.
In the book, Cruz details a story about RINO king Karl Rove, a longtime Bush operative and FOX News contributor, getting vile with him in 2009, for accepting a $1,000 donation from the elder Bush, George H. W. Bush, while Cruz was running for attorney general of the State of Texas. Rove was cussing and swearing, according to Cruz, because large Texas donors to the Bush Presidential Library were miffed that Mr. Bush had contributed to Cruz even though he was not the selected candidate of the GOP political establishment at the time and that George W. Bush was going to endorse the other candidate.
Additionally, Rove allegedly told Senator Cruz that the elder Bush was too old to be trusted in making either a donation or an endorsement, something Cruz strongly disagreed with after meeting with the elder Bush for an entire afternoon.
Cruz reports that Rove asked him to return the donation, but when Cruz refused, he bullied and threatened Cruz into not publicizing “41’s” donation so that more of Rove’s fat cats wouldn’t find out about the donation.
Rove immediately refuted Cruz’s account HERE, even denying that he was involved in the Bush Library fundraising and that donors were “berating” him:
“When Mr. Cruz and I talked in 2009, I was not raising money for the Bush Library, nor was former President Bush 43 going to endorse some unnamed Dallas state representative for state attorney general, nor were any library donors “berating” me. Most Texas Republicans were waiting for General Abbott to make his decision and hoping that he would run again, as he was doing such a terrific job. It was the right thing to do. He continues to do a tremendous job for Texas, only now as our governor.”
On Monday, Cruz appeared on the popular Mark Levin Show to set the record straight (Listen Below), while publishing emails from Rove which confirm that he is lying through his RINO teeth. Cruz published the following statement and emails from his campaign site, calling Rove’s response a “straight-out falsehood” and that people are fed-up with politics because “too many people are willing to lie.”
“I have known Karl Rove for a long time, and have considered him a friend. I understood that my recounting in my book A Time for Truth the threats he made in the 2009 Texas Attorney General race—and the disparaging remarks he made about President George H.W. Bush—would cause him some discomfort.
“But I never imagined that his response would be a straight-out falsehood. It’s disappointing; this is why people are so cynical about politics, because too many people are willing to lie.
“No part of our 2009 conversation concerned my good friend Greg Abbott.
“Below is email correspondence, contemporaneous from that week, demonstrating the veracity of my account. Karl admits, in writing, that his concern was for “the people raising money for the library who are also [then Texas Rep. Dan] Branch fans and will not understand why one part of the Bush family is for not-the-guy while they are raising money big bucks for library.”
2009 Email Correspondence:
From: Karl Rove <email address redacted>
To: Ted Cruz <email address redacted>
Sent: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 8:24 AM
Subject: Re: Follow-up from today
thanks — I appreciate your doing what you can to keep this down — the distress you mention is not mine or 43 — it is the people raising money for the library who are also Branch fans and will not understand why one part of the Bush family is for not-the-guy while they are raising money big bucks for library.
Thanks too for clarifying that you asked to visit with 41; be as nonchulant as possible about the gift and we’ll muddle through
On Jul 1, 2009, at 12:49 AM, Ted Cruz wrote:
I am very sorry if I have done anything to distress you or President Bush 43 in any way.
Over the past several years, you’ve been extraordinarily generous in providing advice and insight re the AG campaign, and I have endeavored to follow your wise counsel to the letter. When we last spoke in January, you advised that the best way to convince Branch not to run was to bring aboard as many “old bulls” across the state as possible, so that the rest of the state would counteract his natural base in Highland Park. Since then, I’ve spent 18 hours a day doing nothing but working to follow that course of action, and we’ve been fortunate to enjoy significant success.
None of that matters, though. I got my start in politics (such as it was) working for you and for President Bush 43, and I’ve spent much of my adult life working to support the President. The last thing I would ever want to do is place either of you in a difficult situation.
When I asked to visit with President Bush 41, and he very kindly agreed, I imagined that we would spend maybe 20 minutes talking about the race, he would give his insights on Texas politics, and that would be it. I could not have been more astonished when he offered his support and gave me a personal check for the campaign.
Obviously, I recognize that President Bush 41’s support is a very big deal, and inded I had been in discussions with his office about our issuing a press release about the endorsement. Given the concerns you expressed this afternoon, I have told 41’s office that we will skip the press release altogether (see below).
His support will of course attract attention (much of which will be beyond my control), but I will very much follow your counsel to downplay the support and not highlight it in any way.
My hope is that this race will ultimately end up in a win-win scenario, that Dan will choose to run for the new Dallas congressional seat that will be drawn in 2012 and that he and I can work together as friends and allies for a long time. I know that a number of key donors have been urging precisely that course of action, which, if Dan were to choose to follow, would perhaps alleviate some of the concerns we discussed.
I know that it doesn’t rise to the importance of what you have been doing these past eight years, but I do think there is a real need right now for new leadership in the Republican Party, and I am hopeful that this campaign can play at least some role in helping provide that leadership. Your legacy and President Bush 43’s legacy, and especially the enormous progress y’all made in the Hispanic community, are too important not to keep pressing ahead.
Karl, you’ve been a friend and mentor a long time, and I value that friendship immensely. Please let me know anything I can possibly do to address your and President Bush 43’s concerns.
Thanks so much.
—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Ted Cruz <email address redacted>
To: President George H.W. Bush’s assistant <email address redacted>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 11:19:00 PM
Subject: Discretion being the better part of valor
I spoke with Karl this afternoon, and he expressed real concerns that our drawing attention to President Bush 41’s very kind support of the campaign would put President Bush 43 in a difficult position. The last thing I want to do is cause any trouble, so it’s probably wiser just to forego this press release.
So, unless you disagree, I think it probably makes sense simply to include 41 on our overall list of donors, but not to do any separate release or anything highlighting his support, for which I remain deeply, deeply grateful.
Thanks so much,
Ted Cruz, who has massive grassroots support, but is not a favorite of the political establishment because of his willingness to fight corruption in both political parties, is not going to be any more popular with the RINO ruling class for exposing Karl Rove’s dirty tactics and outright lies.