Last week two US Senate 2012 candidates vying to replace Senator Hutchinson each had a good week and a bad week respectively.
Ted Cruz had a glowing profile interview in the National Review Online. The NRO article starts out by highlighting their early 2008 interview with Ted Cruz when he was preparing to run for Attorney General of Texas.
At only 38, Cruz has accrued a list of legal honors and accomplishments that would be impressive for a man twice his age. He recently spent five and a half years as solicitor general of Texas; both the youngest and longest-serving solicitor general in state history, he won the Best Brief Award from the National Association of Attorneys General for five consecutive years.
Later on in the interview Cruz highlights his compelling personal story that is just begging for a nice 30 second bio TV advertisment.
There is no doubt that my family background and personal story influence my beliefs and values. My dad fled oppression in Cuba, coming to the United States in 1957 not speaking a word of English. He was a teenager with $100 sewn into his underwear. One of the great blessings I have enjoyed is being the child of an immigrant who fled oppression, because it makes you realize just how precious and how fragile liberty is. When I was a child, my father used to say to me, over and over again, “When I faced oppression in Cuba, I had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here, where do we go?” Nothing better captures why I’m running for U.S. Senate than that question.
Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert started the week out well by releasing his “Why I Am Running” video defining who he is and what he is for.
Following soon after Leppert’s formal announcement conservative blogger Matt Dowling pointed out that Leppert “marched in a gay rights parade with some sort of rainbow awards medal hanging around his neck.” This story quickly picked up stream on the blogs.
Luckily for Leppert though most of the conservative political activists that would of helped give this story legs are too concentrated on the 82nd Texas Legislative Session that is going on and all of the issues surrounding that to give it much play.
Pictures are worth a thousand word right? So how much is a video documenting the scene above worth? Leppert’s political opponents in the Republican primary would call that priceless.
That being said it is very, very early in the campaign season and all of the candidates will have ample time to introduce themselves to the Republican primary voters of Texas. Most likely anything that happens this early in the campaign season will not be a game changer. However, the candidates can run into the risk of being defined by their opponent early on in the race and it sticking with them like what happened to Kay “Bailout” Hutchinson and “Liberal” Bill White.