Why Virginia and not Texas?

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Ted Cruz represents Texas. He is going to announce his run for U.S. President today in Virginia. Why isn’t he in his own state making such an important announcement?

I posted that questions to Facebook friends. One, who lives in Northern Virginia, commented:

He’s marking his territory for the Libertarian and college vote. He wants to grab that stage at Liberty before Rand Paul does. Plus, he needs to cement himself here in VA by appealing to that crowd so he can correct the damage he’s done to himself in VA.

Another who lives in Texas and is not a Cruz supporter noted:

He has not really been a Senator of Texas. His attention and dedication Has been catering to the Liberty title and movement. It’s just symbolic where he is going to be tomorrow.

Blogger and attorney Doug Mantaconis posted about Cruz’s expected announcement (see Ted Cruz To Announce He’s Running For President) which brought this comment from a Texas reader:

As a Texan I offer the following comments: To announce his candidacy at Liberty University is an insult to Texas and will be viewed as such.

Second, he hasn’t accomplished a darned thing since he was elected Senator. All he has done is self-aggrandizement. And obviously so. I think he will be viewed as fraudulently taking taxpayers’ dollars. I think he should resign as Senator so we can have suitable representation. I hope others call for the same thing.

All I know is it seems odd to me. If I am from Virginia, I want to be dang sure I am in Virginia when announcing my candidacy for U.S. President. I thought everyone would have that same kind of loyalty. Obviously, Ted Cruz is about to prove me wrong later this morning in Lynchburg.

Update: The announcement today seems a moot point since Cruz made an overnight announcement that he is running for president.

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