One of the most common spats between Cruz and Dewhurst supporters is over endorsements. Cruz has Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, and many more out-of-state conservatives on his side. Dewhurst has equally prominent endorsements to his name as well – most notably, Governor Rick Perry.
As a Dewhurst supporter who’s had the gall to post nice things about him on Twitter, I’ve heard many an argument against Dewhurst – including slams undermining Perry’s endorsement
“Of course Perry endorsed him,” a friend recently told me. “He had to, right?”
Had to. I may be newer to politics than some of my older and more seasoned compatriots, but since when does Texas firebrand Rick Perry ever do what he supposedly “has to”?
Take a look at a few of his other endorsements: Don Willett, a strict constructionist for Texas Supreme Court justice; Wayne Christian, widely regarded as one of the most conservative (former) members of the State House; J.M. Lozano, who recently left the Democratic Party to join the GOP; and Bryan Hughes, who is challenging Joe Straus for the Speakership. Sound like the status quo to you? (The Texas Tribune has a full recap of Perry’s endorsements.)
Many of the candidates Perry endorsed are incumbents. But they’re hardly the “moderate establishment” folks Cruz supporters attempt to paint Dewhurst as. Whether newcomers or experienced politicians, whether facing a serious challenger or in a safe seat, these endorsements were not sent down from some political gods, and they were not made because of any obligation Perry supposedly had.
As for me, I try not to give too much credence to endorsements. They’re churned out nickel and dime these days. But if there are two people whose endorsements I would trust, it’s Attorney General Greg Abbott and Rick Perry. I am proud to stand with Dewhurst – and Governor Perry – in preparation for July 31st.