Friday, June 17, 2016

Ted Cruz picks Darryl Glenn in Senate race

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 3:57 PM

Glenn reels in second high-profile endorsement, from Ted Cruz. The first was Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Glenn reels in second high-profile endorsement, from Ted Cruz. The first was Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska.
Sen. Ted Cruz, failed candidate for the GOP presidential nomination this year who couldn't catch up in delegates to Donald Trump, has endorsed Darryl Glenn in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Colorado, the Washington Times reports.

Glenn is an El Paso County commissioner and former Colorado Springs City Council member.

From the Times report: 
Mr. Cruz, who’s slated to speak next month at the Western Conservative Summit in Denver, also said he would campaign on Mr. Glenn’s behalf.
The Glenn campaign said in a statement that the candidate was “deeply honored” by Mr. Cruz’s support.
Cruz has to be aware that Glenn swept all other Republicans off the ticket in the race at the State GOP Assembly in Colorado Springs on April 9, capturing 70 percent of the vote. Why? Because Cruz was there, for one thing. Five other Senate candidates who are seeking the nomination petitioned on to the ballot. Some had to go to court to secure a spot after they ran shy of signatures. They include Robert Blaha, a businessman from Colorado Springs.

Democrats didn't wait long to weigh in.
The Colorado Democratic Party today released the following statement from Chris Meagher, senior communications advisor, in response to reports that Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Darryl Glenn for Senate and will campaign in the state Monday:

"Colorado doesn't need a far right, never-compromise conservative in the Senate, and it’s clear from Ted Cruz’s endorsement of Darryl Glenn - that's exactly who Glenn would be."
ProgressNow Colorado had this to say in a release:
Following today's announcement that failed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz has endorsed El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn in the GOP U.S. Senate primary, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

"Even after losing the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz still has significant influence in Colorado Republican politics," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Ian Silverii. "Darryl Glenn's far-right agenda is exactly what Ted Cruz and out-of-state conservative ideologues want, and with the rest of the Republican primary field mired in scandal and infighting, Glenn could benefit greatly from Cruz's support."

"In the general election, assuming Glenn prevails in the primary," said Silverii, "Ted Cruz will be an albatross around the neck of anyone he is linked with—almost as bad as Donald Trump himself. For Glenn, Cruz's 'kiss of death' is a short-term boost with terrible long-term consequences."
The primary is June 28 and is being conducted by mail ballot.

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