Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Unlike most candidates wives Heidi Cruz has been involved in her husband’s campaigns as fundraiser and surrogate speaker for him at numerous events. Since his days as campaigning for a senate seat.
I contend that unlike other candidates wives she is fair political game, based on her background and involvement in politics.
And has worked in the Bush White House as the economic director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, as the director of the Latin America Office at the U.S. Treasury Department, as Special Assistant to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, Cruz eventually became the director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in 2003.and as economic policy advisor to the 2000 George W. Bush presidential campaign. Cruz has worked for three investment banks, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Goldman Sachs.
In 2005, she went to work for Goldman Sachs as a private wealth manager. After serving as a Goldman Sachs for seven years, Cruz was promoted in 2013 to regional head of the Southwest United States for the Investment Management Division in Houston.
Cruz took a leave of absence without pay to participate in her husband's 2016 presidential campaign. During the campaign, she has made multiple solo public appearances, speaking on her husband's behalf. Former George W. Bush administration official Sara Taylor Fagen said she was successful in softening her husband's image, which she further argued was essential for "a candidate whose main obstacle to the Republican nomination may be tone and personality", though director of the SuperPAC Our Principles PAC Katie Packer argued her help could only go so far and voters would not support a candidate based on their spouse.
Kelly Riddell of The Washington Times noted Cruz was different from most political spouses due to her large role in her husband's campaign, dubbing her an "integral part" of it.
Beginning in August 2015, Cruz regularly attended presidential debates in which her husband participated. When asked what her role would be as First Lady, she expressed an intent to raise "the standard of living for those at the bottom of the economic ladder in this country", explaining that her interests are on "the economic side". During a two-day trip to Alabama in November 2015, she delivered signatures and payment required for her husband to appear on that state's ballot at the Alabama Republican Party headquarters in Hoover.
On December 3, Cruz returned to Texas and filed paperwork for her husband's name to appear on the state ballot. She acknowledged she had previously filed for his name on ballots in previous states, but also said the Cruz campaign had "a campaign strategy that's built to last, and we have built a grass-roots army that this country hasn't seen since Ronald Reagan." It was noted at this time by Patrick Svitek of The Texas Tribune that she had become more visible in the past few months after spending the initial months of the campaign playing a behind-the-scenes role, Cruz shortly afterward making televised, solo appearances on Fox Business Network and KTRK-TV. In January 2016, after her husband's eligibility to run for the presidency was questioned by several other Republicans, Cruz defended his legality, calling the questioning an indication of her husband winning and his contenders and detractors feeling a need to try to defame him as a result.
Early in her husband's campaign, Cruz's initial role was that of fundraiser, making calls to potential donors, and, in her words, seeking to "max out" investments to the Cruz campaign. Cruz' call list included donor names provided to her by a super PAC. Campaign chairman Chad Sweet compared Cruz's ability to make campaign calls to her time at Goldman Sachs, stating, "There are very few spouses who can get on the phone on a cold call to a prospective donor and make a more compelling case in a personal and effective way than Heidi Cruz."
She sat on a Council on Foreign Relations task force for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Yes right up until 2011 when Ted announced he was running for the Senate!
WHY do you people think our Government won’t secure our border? Do you think it is Incompetence? Ignorance? Is it to destroy the nation? Well a lot can be said about all of those at this point but lets just say the SPP (Security and Prosperity Partnership) CFR and that sweet little task force has other plans! Open up the borders and go deeper south into Mexico and beyond!! Awake yet???? Yes they are actively working to create a new nation of North America, called the North American Union, (NAU) just like the EU, with a controlling politburo, where members are NOT elected by the people.
Heidi Cruz speaking at a Ted Cruz for President fundraiser in The Woodlands, Texas on February 27, 2016.
Leading up to the state caucus, Cruz stumped for her husband in Iowa, making a joint appearance with her husband in Keokuk on October 10, having made multiple appearances by December and appearing at the home of Representative James Lyons on January 8. Cruz's joint appearances with her husband continued into January when she joined him for the last day of his bus tour around Iowa, telling voters that she hoped they would support him if they had "fallen in love" with him as she had. Ted Cruz won the state in the February 1 primary, Heidi Cruz later saying the state was won through "one strong voice of the people coming together". For New Hampshire, another early primary state, it was reported in January that she would make stops there to rally support for her husband. In February, Cruz was reported to be headlining a luncheon for Republican women in Reno, Nevada days before the state's primary and appearing on the campus of Lander University prior to the South Carolina primary. She also joined her husband in dining with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ahead of the state's primary in an attempt to get her endorsement for the campaign. Haley would ultimately support Marco Rubio.She appeared in Spartanburg to rally support for Ted Cruz, urging potential voters to help him win the state, which she thought would have been a "game changer" for the rest of the primary.
Cruz's plans to journey to southern states ahead of Super Tuesday were reported later that month, which included a campaigning event in Beaumont, Texas on February 26 that expanded to a trip to Rosenberg and an appearance in Waco on February 28. At the time of her campaigning in Texas, Ted Cruz was expected to win the state, the move being seen as the Cruz campaign not wanting to take any chances. According to Cruz, both she and her husband were confident about his prospects of winning. She was credited with playing a large role in his campaigning within his home state, Patrick Svitek of The Texas Tribune writing, "Now her star power is being put to the test in Texas." Cruz's appearance was also on the last day before Texans could cast early votes for Super Tuesday. Cruz at the time of her appearance in Texas said, "There’s no election that’s ever been more important" and she was "happy to be home".]
Cruz was among several spouses who campaigned in North Carolina ahead of the state's primary, Cruz mentioning during an appearance on March 4 in the state the need to rebuild the military and services for veterans. Cruz was reported to be headlining an annual meeting over the weekend in North Carolina along with Tim Phillips, President of Americans for Prosperity. Cruz scheduled an appearance in Belleville, Illinois on March 8, meeting with other Republican women, though secretary of the St. Clair County Republicans Mary Thurman said the group would not make an endorsement ahead of the Illinois primary a little over a week later. Her comments, insisting the Cruz campaign did not try to "appeal to our fears, to our worst selves", were seen as referring to Donald Trump. The following day, she appeared in Chicago, where she touted her husband as being the "only candidate" to win against Trump eight times, Ted Cruz having won his eighth primary victory in Idaho the previous night.Campaigning in Columbia, Missouri on March 11, Cruz said, in reference to Republicans in Congress not acting on their campaign promises, "There’s an anger among the American people for electing people over and over who have great talking points but don’t do what they say they are going to do". She also dispelled comparisons made between the political experience of her husband and President Barack Obama, charging the president with being an "unapologetic socialist trying to run a country that is majority conservative" while denouncing that he was an "unmitigated disaster" because of his political background.
Ted Cruz was supposed to speak in Fayetteville, North Carolina but canceled it, the Cruz campaign website revealing that Heidi would campaign there in his place on March 14. Cruz spoke at Fayetteville Technical Community College in promotion of her husband, the latter securing an endorsement from Phillip E. Berger that day as well. Though having planned a visit to New Jerseyin late March, Cruz's visit was canceled, a campaign spokesperson saying she instead intended to campaign jointly with her husband in Wisconsin.
Subsequent to getting married in 2001, Cruz moved from Washington D.C. to Texas in 2004, and experienced a period of depression as a result of that personal and professional transition to Texas.
Heidi Suzanne Cruz (née Nelson; August 7, 1972) Heidi Nelson was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. During a part of Nelson's childhood, she lived with her family in Kenya and Nigeria in Africa, where they served as missionaries, while both parents participated in dental health work. She has always maintained a vegetarian diet as part of the Seventh-day Adventist childhood.