Honesty, specifically a lack thereof, has emerged as a major theme in the Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat the day before what could be the last televised debate between the candidates.
In the latest salvos, Dewhurst charges Cruz of trying to hide details of his work as a lawyer, while Cruz says Dewhurst is covering up past statements that conflict with his current positions.
Dewhurst’s campaign released a new web ad Friday called “What is Ted Cruz Hiding?” The 30-second video focuses on recent news that Cruz is facing a $200 fine for failing to file his personal financial statement on time and says that Cruz performed civil legal work for a Pennsylvania developer embroiled in a judge-bribing scheme known as the “kids for cash” scandal.
Cruz’s campaign blamed the late filing on an administrative error, and he defended his work for developer Robert Mericle as “civil litigation over breach of contract.”
Though the ad focuses on two stories that broke over the last week, Dewhurst has been accusing Cruz of questionable ethics since earlier this month. When asked about Cruz’s descriptions of Dewhurst’s record as “moderate” after a July 6 news conference in Houston, Dewhurst said, “Mr. Cruz hasn’t said one thing that’s true so far in this campaign. … I think the main thing Texans want to have in their United States senator is integrity and honesty. I’m tired of Washington politicians that won’t tell the truth.”
Two days later, nearly every Republican in the Texas Senate released a letter accusing Cruz of spreading “misinformation” about the Senate’s accomplishments via his critiques of Dewhurst. Hours later, Cruz refuted the accusations in his own letter to Dewhurst.
The Cruz camp accuses the lieutenant governor of misleading Texans about his previous positions on important issues.
On Tuesday, the Cruz campaign released a new television ad called “Dewhurst Deceives on Payroll Tax.” The
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