“Call it the Cruz caucus: a small but committed collection of likeminded rebels who’ve bonded with Cruz in their recurring, often quixotic clashes with GOP leaders,” as Politico is reporting.
“Lawmakers like Reps. Steve King of Iowa and Mo Brooks of Alabama are attending campaign rallies with Cruz. Others are serving as surrogates at Republican debates, lending their names to fundraising appeals, and taking to conservative radio and cable TV in an effort to burnish Cruz’s credibility with crucial evangelical and conservative primary voters.
“The endorsements — a rare show of support within the D.C. Beltway — come at a key time for the Texas Republican. As Cruz continues to rise in the polls ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, some Republican operatives are looking to stall his momentum. A GOP-aligned group, the Iowa Progress Project, is dumping $200,000 into a media campaign this week targeting Cruz in the Hawkeye State. That comes after recent attacks by America’s Renewable Future, a pro-ethanol outfit that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s son runs.”
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