May 13, 2015 5:12 PM
CONCORD - Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign gets a big boost from three of the state’s most conservative Republican leaders.
"But for most, we can only guess, and for others the guessing is over and we are disappointed. With Senator Cruz, we do not need to guess and he will not disappoint.’’
That was former House Speaker Bill O’Brien who backed Newt Gingrich in 2012.
The Texas senator’s leadership team reads like a Who’s Who of the most prominent, hard-right conservatives.
"So it comes down to this,’’ O’Brien concludes. ``Others talk the talk and we either don’t know if they walk the walk or they have already walked away from us.’’
Former Senator Bob Smith says that like Cruz he too got his start as a lone-wolf maverick.
"There is also a personal story for me supporting Ted Cruz because he reminds me of me when I started out,’’ Smith said.
Executive Councilor Dave Wheeler says Cruz hasn’t gotten Potomac fever.
"So many go to Washington representing their constituents and before you know it, they suffer from a disease known as peer group shift,’’ Wheeler said.
State Democratic leaders mocked the support for Cruz.
“It’s no surprise that Bill O’Brien, Bob Smith, and David Wheeler have officially supported Ted Cruz, who voted to shut down the government costing the economy $24 billion,’’ said Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley.
"Their out-of-touch views prioritize obstruction rather than building up middle class families and are bad for New Hampshire.”
This is the first primary, winning the hearts, minds and rolodexes of seasoned activists. Cruz hasn’t won but this is an impressive start.
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