Ted Cruz: Gop Leadership Blocked My Fundraising After Obamacare-Linked Shutdown

Ted Cruz: Gop Leadership Blocked My Fundraising After Obamacare-Linked Shutdown

Money drives politics. It’s always been that way. However, there has been an interesting twist in recent decades with party leadership using the money faucet to discipline principled lawmakers and according to a report from Breitbart, Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz claims that both he and fellow conservative Senator Mike Lee have been blocked from key funds for their vocal efforts to destroy Obamacare.

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Per Washington Post report, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) claims that after the 2013 government shutdown over the Affordable Care Act both he and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) “had their money spigot turned off by (GOP) leadership because blocking access to money is how leadership disciplines members.”

Cruz made the claim in an interview with the New Hampshire Journal, then followed it up the next day with comments at a brunch. He declined to name names, however.

In 2013 we got quite a lot of money from D.C. PACS, and when the defund fight happened, that dropped to almost zero,” Cruz said at the Rockingham County Republican Committee and Seacoast Republican Women Brunch ….

Cruz said that there were “multiple reports” from big-money fundraisers in Washington that “they had been told in no uncertain terms, do not write a check to these guys.”

More and more, it seems like Republican “leadership” is operating with the same mindset as so-called political “leaders” during the Vietnam War- “We want to win; we just don’t want to do what is necessary to win and we want to keep others from doing these things, too.”

My advice? If GOP leaders don’t want to get their hands dirty taking the fight to Obama and his cohorts, they should actively encourage those with a spine to do the heavy lifting- not punish them.

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