Rafael Cruz Endorses Pete Sessions’ Tea Party Challenger

Rafael Cruz, the father of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), has endorsed the tea party challenger to Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX).

On Monday the elder Cruz endorsed Dallas tea party leader Katrina Pierson.

“She’s a strict constitutionalist,” Cruz said of Pierson at a fundraiser according to the Dallas Morning News. “She’s a strong conservative and she wants to do what’s right.”

Pierson supported Sen. Ted Cruz when challenged Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) in the 2012 Texas Senate Republican primary.

Sessions supporters bristled at the endorsement noting that although Pierson got a nod from Cruz’s father, who is popular in tea party circles, it still wasn’t an endorsement from the senator himself.

“He’s speaking for himself, former Dallas County Republican Party chairman Jonathan Neerman said according to the Morning News. “Ted Cruz has not endorsed in this race.”

Pierson herself has suggested that Sen. Cruz might eventually endorse her (although Cruz has indicated that he plans to stay out of Republican primaries).

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