Donald Trump was right when he said Ted Cruz was a “nasty guy”. I’ll go a bit further Ted Cruz is a bitter arrogant loser. Politico reports he may still be trying to challenge Donald Trump at the GOP Convention in Texas.
“Ted Cruz isn’t giving up.
While Donald Trump dispatches three advisers to Texas’s convention in Dallas this week and makes a pitch for party unity, his team will be running up against a Cruz operation that is still maneuvering to stuff the state’s delegation with allies the senator could call on to snub the presumptive nominee.
“We have a busy weekend planned,” said a source familiar with the Cruz campaign’s plans.
Cruz is scheduled to deliver an address at the Texas convention after a week of hinting he could jump back into the presidential contest and urging activists to thwart the New Yorker’s takeover of the GOP’s policy platform. And despite dropping out of the race more than a week ago, the vanquished presidential contender has deployed at least one paid adviser to the Texas Republican convention – Tyler Norris, his state director. (Trump has three advisers: state director Joshua Jones, deputy director Eric Mahroum and Houston-area director Kayla Hensley.)
It’s not just Texas where Cruz is still playing.
The senator’s team remains active in several of the other eight state conventions selecting delegates this week – from Nebraska to Oklahoma to Nevada. Those conventions, along with party meetings in Arkansas, Florida and Wisconsin, will be selecting 389 national delegates, nearly a sixth of the entire convention.“
Obviously if the voter’s wanted Ted Cruz to determine the party platform they would have voted for him in greater numbers. They didn’t – he won’t be the nominee, but he won’t let that stop him. Ted Cruz told CNN he won’t release his delegates because he wants to have some clout at the convention.
“Ted Cruz is not releasing his delegates in at least three states, a sign he may hold onto some clout at this summer’s Republican National Convention.
Cruz sent a letter to Republican state parties in at least Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas on Monday informing them that he plans to keep the delegates he won bound to him.
Kansas delegates are particularly key: They are required to remain with whomever they are pledged to until the candidate officially releases them — unlike most states, they are not allowed to vote their conscience unless explicitly given permission, which Cruz isn’t giving them.
“Although I have suspended my campaign for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States, I do not release any Republican National Convention delegates bound to me as a result of the 2016 delegate selection process that took place in your state,” Cruz wrote in a letter to Kelly Arnold, the chair of the Kansas GOP and obtained by CNN.
Oklahoma’s Republican Party received a similar letter from the Cruz campaign, state GOP chair Pam Pollard told CNN. As did the Texas GOP, according to executive director Kyle Whatley.”
“I encourage all delegates who supported my campaign — and who support a constitutional conservative agenda that will grow jobs, protect our freedoms, and ensure our security — to actively participate in shaping the Party platform and rules in a manner that will ensure our cause is advanced,” he wrote in the signed letter to Arnold.”
Politico also reports that Cruz is bracing for a platform fight with Donald Trump.
“The 25-minute call was a pep talk of sorts after the disappointment of last week’s Indiana primary, which forced Cruz to end his campaign and cemented Trump as the GOP’s presumptive nominee.
But the call was also a rallying cry to Cruz’s supporters about the importance of showing up in Cleveland and not ceding control of their slots on the party’s platform and rules committees.”
Bitter, nasty Ted claims he isn’t looking backwards. I beg to differ he pledged to back the nominee, but instead of honoring that pledge he is already placing blame. The Hill reports;
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Thursday that those who contributed to the rise of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will have to “bear that responsibility going forward.”
Cruz appeared Thursday evening on the Houston-based “Michael Berry Show” and was asked whether he thought he was treated fairly in the GOP primary, with the host mentioning Fox News specifically.
“Well listen, there’s time for recriminations and you know, everyone who was responsible for the rise of Donald Trump, they will bear that responsibility going forward,” Cruz responded.
“But there were more than a few players that played a disproportionate role in that rise,” he added. “I’m going to focus, instead of looking backwards, I’m going to focus on looking forwards.”
Cruz returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday for the first time since dropping out of the GOP race but declined to endorse Trump, who is working to shore up support from establishment Republicans.”
The RNC pledge that each candidate promised to uphold reads, “I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”