Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas — While the David Dewhurst for Senate Campaign announced another significant Texas endorsement Monday with former President of the Texas Eagle Forum, Pat Carlson, endorsing Dewhurst for U.S. Senate, his opponent Ted Cruz’s Campaign fought to counter stories saying Cruz’s largest long-time contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization.
Carlson praised Dewhurst’s leadership as Lt. Governor for putting conservative principles into practice, and referenced Dewhurst’s efforts to help pass strong fiscal and pro-family legislation.
“Throughout his life in public service, David Dewhurst has put conservative principles into practice and delivered countless conservative victories for Texans,” said Carlson.
“David has worn the uniform of his country, built a business and has been the driving force behind the most social and fiscal conservative accomplishments in the nation,” Carlson said.
Dewhurst’s opponent, meanwhile, was hit by a report published in The Texas Tribune entitled “Cruz Mega-Donor Is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire”.
As Ted Cruz’s largest contributor, the Tribune reports, Peter Thiel spent millions pushing the opposite side of conservative issues important to Republicans. From the Texas Tribune;
Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show.
Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general.
Carlson commended the Lt. Governor for being a fighter in the Texas Senate by balancing five consecutive budgets without raising taxes, passing the largest tax cut in Texas history, and slashing state spending.
“David has balanced every budget since taking office without raising taxes, slashed state spending, killed liberal attempts at imposing a state income tax, defunded Planned Parenthood, and passed the Sonogram Bill, Photo Voter ID and the largest tax cut in Texas history. Conservatives in Texas know that David has fought for them in Austin, and he will fight for them in Washington,” Carlson said.
Carlson served as the statewide president of the Texas Eagle Forum from 2009-11. In addition to serving as President of the Texas Eagle Forum from 2009-111, Carlson has also been actively involved in the Republican Party serving as precinct chair, election judge, Senatorial Convention Temporary Chair, Congressional Caucus Chairman at the state Republican convention, a delegate to 10 state Republican Conventions, a delegate or alternate to four national Republican conventions, ultimately serving as Tarrant County Republican Party Chairman from 2000-2005.
“It is an honor to have the endorsement of such a dedicated Texas conservative activist,” said Dewhurst.
“For more than a decade, Pat has been a loud and prominent voice for conservative values and beliefs in Texas. I greatly value and appreciate her support in my bid for U.S. Senate.”