Former Staffer Starts Inevitable ‘Draft Ted Cruz For President’ Group

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March 19, 2014 11:29 a.m.

A staffer for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leaving the Texas senator’s office to form the Draft Ted Cruz for President group.

The staffer, Raz Shafer, announced his departure from Cruz’s office where he had been regional director, in a blog post on RedState.com titled “It’s Time to Draft Ted Cruz for President.”

“I’m convinced that if we want to win the White House in 2016, we must nominate a consistent, full-spectrum conservative. We need a candidate who stands for something and won’t back down when the liberals launch their attacks,” Shafer wrote.

The website for the Draft Ted Cruz For President super PAC launched on Wednesday. The super PAC’s goal is to get one million signatures in 2014 to rally grassroots supporters and donors around Cruz.

The super PAC’s treasurer is Paul Kilgore, the former treasurer for a Rick Perry For President super PAC to back the Republican Texas governor and also an ex-aide for Newt Gingrich, according to Time magazine.

Shafer, in his announcement, noted that he had not talked to Cruz “about him running for president and I honestly don’t know if he will do it but I do know he won’t succeed unless freedom-loving Americans like you and me begin organizing this effort now.”

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