Richard Viguerie: Ted Cruz's Victory Foretells Conservative Takeover of GOP

Jul 31, 2012, 23:08 ET from

MANASSAS, Va., July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, regarding the runoff victory of Ted Cruz for U.S. senator in the Texas Republican primary:

"The victory of Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican Senate runoff primary means that the torch is being passed to a new generation of principled small government constitutional conservatives and that the 'let's make a deal' Republican Party of old will soon go the way of the Dodo bird.

"Ted's nomination sent a strong signal that a new conservative Republican Party is being born and, by 2016, principled conservatives will replace most leaders in Congress and the Party at the national, state, and local levels.  GOP leaders should 'ask not for whom the bell tolls -- it  tolls for thee.' 

"The Cruz campaign was a contest in which the people--grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers -- routed the establishment and the special interests. 

"Inspired by such national conservative leaders as Sarah Palin, Phyllis Schlafly, Ed Meese, James Dobson, by Senators Jim DeMint, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Tom Coburn, and by organizations such as The Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, the grassroots conservative and Tea Party voters of Texas took on the combined power of Governor Rick Perry, every Texas GOP state senator save one, and the good old boy network of Austin and DC lobbyists--and they won.

"By nominating Ted Cruz, the Republican voters of Texas today sent a strong message that what they want is an end to the crony capitalism, business-as-usual spending, and disregard for the Constitution that have dominated Washington no matter which party was in power.

"Ted Cruz began his campaign by saying, 'We don't need another establishment, career politician that's going to put his arm around the Democrats and keep compromising in growing the size and spending and power of the federal government.'  

"The Republican voters of Texas sent a strong message that they agree it is time to stop compromising and start rolling back the size, spending, and power of government."

NOTE TO EDITORS:  Richard A. Viguerie, Chairman of, pioneered political direct mail and has been called "one of the creators of the modern conservative movement" (The Nation) and one of the "conservatives of the century"(Washington Times).  He is the author of Conservatives Betrayed: How George W. Bush and Other Big Government Republicans Hijacked the Conservative Cause.

Richard A. Viguerie

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