Ted Cruz’s convention speech didn’t just turn off grass-roots voters, but also a couple of big-money donors.
Here’s the report from the New York Times and Breitbart:
“In an extraordinary public rebuke, two influential donors who were among the biggest supporters of Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign excoriated Mr. Cruz on Saturday for his decision not to endorse Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention.
“The remarks from Robert Mercer of Long Island and his daughter Rebekah Mercer suggest widening fallout over Mr. Cruz’s convention speech, in which he did not endorse his former rival and, instead, suggested that Republicans should ‘vote your conscience’ for candidates ‘up and down the ticket.’
“Last summer and again this year, Senator Ted Cruz pledged to support the candidacy of the nominee of the Republican Party, whomever that nominee might be,’ the Mercers, who rarely comment in the news media, said in the statement to The New York Times. ‘We are profoundly disappointed that on Wednesday night he chose to disregard this pledge.’
“The Democratic Party will soon choose as their nominee a candidate who would repeal both the First and Second Amendments of the Bill of Rights, a nominee who would remake the Supreme Court in her own image. We need ‘all hands on deck’ to ensure that Mr. Trump prevails.
“Unfortunately, Senator Cruz has chosen to remain in his bunk below, a decision both regrettable and revealing.”
The Mercers invested at least $11 million in Keep the Promise I, one of a group of interlocked “super PACs” that supported Mr. Cruz in his presidential run. It looks like the Mercers are regretting this investment of money and goodwill.
Ted Cruz may have just committed political suicide on the RNC stage in Cleveland. He may not get re-elected to his Texas Senate seat in 2018, and probably has destroyed his chances for another presidential bid.
Do you think Ted Cruz was principled by telling convention-goers to “vote their conscience,” or did he commit political hari-kari?
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