I remember the reader who, sweet as you please, wrote to tell me: “I think most people who read your columns understand that you’re pro-Mexican invasion because you’re Mexican.”
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz is not Mexican. Nor is he Mexican-American. He is Cuban-American. And a funny thing happened to him on his way to Washington.
After months of campaigning as a generic, run-of-the-mill, appeal-to-the-base Republican, Cruz was hit by a negative radio ad put up by a super PAC that supports his opponent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The spot claimed that Cruz supports giving the undocumented a pathway to earned legal status (“amnesty” in right-wing parlance) as evidenced by the fact that he sits on the advisory boards of two business groups that support that view.
The ad charges: “Cruz helps run two national organizations that have been leading the push to give amnesty to illegal immigrants.”
That sounds awfully thin. I’ve known Cruz for about 10 years, and I couldn’t tell you what his immigration views are. I do know that, during this campaign, he has lurched to the right in order to snuggle up to the tea party and that he said during one interview that he “categorically opposes amnesty.”