Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


December 3, 2013

Father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to address area Republicans



Where he goes, controversy follows. Rafael Cruz most recently came under fire when a Huffington Post story reported he had called black and Hispanic voters "uninformed" and "deceived" during a February address. Rafael Cruz also was criticized for describing President Barack Obama as an "outright Marxist" and proclaiming he should be sent "back to Kenya."

However, Rafael Cruz's followers adore him. An August National Review story focusing on Ted and Rafael Cruz described the elder as “a conservative force” ever since he started campaigning for his son's 2012 Senate race.

A phone number for Cruz could not immediately be located Monday to request comment. A Facebook message to his account requesting an interview was not immediately returned.

Brewer said she first met Pastor Cruz and his wife at a Republican convention awhile back.

"Once you meet him, you know where his son got his spine," she said. "He is a very gracious man who has a very interesting story to tell. We are very honored to hear him speak."

The Republican Club invited Cruz as parts of its ongoing initiative to keep people informed about the upcoming election, Brewer said.

"Our goal is to keep our people at the grass roots level of county and city informed," she said.

To inquire about his Pastor Cruz's local appearance, contact Brewer at 903-683-9543 or 903-393-8791.

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