It appears that news surrounding presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) has knocked the mainstream media off its footing. The Progressive establishment, I gather from the White House down are spinning from an article by Mark Halperin, BloombergPolitics, that four super PACs backing Cruz intending to operate under the name “Keep the Promise,” “Keep the Promise I,” “Keep the Promise II,” and “Keep the Promise III” are expected to rake in more than $31 million this week, i.e., in the bank by Friday.
As reported by BloombergPolitics,
Even in the context of a presidential campaign cycle in which the major party nominees are expected to raise more than $1.5 billion, Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest….
His political team has calculated from the start of their planning for a presidential campaign that his overall operation would be able to keep pace with rivals in part because of a robust super-PAC operation. They have talked among themselves about the names of numerous wealthy Cruz backers who they fully expect will contribute several million dollars each….
In other words, how could a candidate whose supporters have been ordained by the establishment as “stupid American voters” garner this financial support.
Clearly, such revelations are not only sticking in the craw of the Progressive establishment but one heck of a bitter pill for the Progressive Republican establishment who despises the Senator with every fiber of their being to swallow.
But wait, there is more…
As a grassroots donor to the Senate Conservative Fund and possible Cruz supporter in 2016 myself, I am attempting to come to grips with my own concerns about Ted Cruz.
In other words, regardless of how fondly one feels of a particular candidate, it is one’s duty to face the facts when presented and ask the hard questions.
While I feel strongly about keeping one’s family out of the mix, I admit that the Senator’s wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, her connections and how they would influence a President Ted Cruz concern me.
Heidi Cruz was part of a 31-member task force that produced a 70-page report released in May 2005 sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (“CFR”) in association with the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales on the National American Union entitled “Building a North American Community.” (See document at bottom of post.)
Cruz curriculum vitae is touted in the report as follows:
HEIDI S. CRUZ is an energy investment banker with Merrill Lynch in Houston, Texas. She served in the Bush White House under Dr. Condoleezza Rice 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, and as Special Assistant to Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick, U.S. Trade Representative. Prior to government service, Ms. Cruz was an investment banker with J.P. Morgan in New York City.
In the 2005 report” Cruz, states the following:
I support the Task Force report and its recommendations aimed at building a safer and more prosperous North America. Economic prosperity and a world safe from terrorism and other security threats are no doubt inextricably linked. While governments play an invaluable role in both regards, we must emphasize the imperative that economic investment be led and perpetuated by the private sector. There is no force proven like the market for aligning incentives, sourcing capital, and producing results like financial markets and profit-making businesses. This is simply necessary to sustain a higher living standard for the poorest among us—truly the measure of our success. As such, investment funds and financing mechanisms should be deemed attractive instruments by those committing the capital and should only be developed in conjunction with market participants.
Heidi S. Cruz. Pg. 55-56, Section entitled, “Additional and Dissenting Views”
One World Government, New World Order, Illegal Immigration, Common Core…
Grumpy Opinions has put together an extensive article entitled, “Ted Cruz Needs To Answer Questions About Heidi Cruz and the North American Union” which breaks down I urge you to check out and share. In addition, the article also lays out key points of concern mentioned in the CFR report. Excerpt below:
Here’s a few of the key points from the document:
Expand temporary migrant worker programs. Canada and the United States should expand programs for temporary labor migration from Mexico. ( U.S. retirees living in Mexico should be granted working permits in certain fields, for instance as English teachers.)
Implement the Social Security Totalization Agreement negotiated between the United States and Mexico.
Create a ‘‘North American preference.’’ Canada, the United States, and Mexico should agree on streamlined immigration and labor mobility rules that enable citizens of all three countries to work elsewhere in North America
Move to full labor mobility between Canada and the United States. In the long term, the two countries should work to extend this policy to Mexico as well, though doing so will not be practical until wage differentials between Mexico and its two North American neighbors have diminished considerably.
Mutual recognition of professional standards and degrees.
Create a major scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students to study in the other North American countries. The European Union (EU) provides substantial funding for EU centers in fifteen universities in the United States, as Develop teacher exchange and training programs for elementary and secondary school teachers.
Develop ‘‘sister school’’ and student exchange programs.
Encourage imaginative ways to build North American connections.
We encourage foundations and research institutes to provide support and research for addressing continental issues and developing curricula that would permit citizens of our three countries to look at each other in different ways than in the past.
So, we need a Common Core Curriculum for North America. We need to take the first steps toward merging our Social Security Retirement System with the systems in place in Mexico and Canada.…
Read full article
In October 2011, Senator Ted Cruz while attending an event was asked about the CFR. His response was that the CFR “is part of a ‘pernicious nest of snakes’ ‘working to undermine our sovereignty.’”
For the record, Heidi Cruz’s term with the CFR ended in June 2011.
In addition, Heidi Cruz heads the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman, Sachs & Co.. It gets no more establishment than that.
Pursuant to an article by Buzzfeed, in 2004, Heidi Cruz, walked away from the position of director of Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council, reporting directly to Condoleezza Rice to join her husband in Texas.
It was quite a transition as she accepted a position with Goldman Sachs as vice president in their Houston office.
Heidi Cruz was the only woman at Goldman’s Houston location as she struggled and persevered working her way through an environment very much unlike the environment of financial institutional in New York City and Washington, D.C. and she deserves credit for eventually having punctured her way through Houston’s “finance boys clubs.”
She began taking her husband — the accomplished attorney with Supreme Court war stories to spare — to dinners with male clients and colleagues. ‘He’s very useful to me and interesting to clients, so it always helps me to bring in more business when I bring him along,’ she would tell an audience of Claremont’s aspiring female financiers in 2011. She added, with a laugh, ‘I always kind of get him to help make the ask, and I always kind of go follow up. So, if you can marry somebody that is complementary to your business, it’s great networking…..’
The Cruz’s clearly are a great team.
The intent of this post is not to lambast Ted Cruz but to question how Heidi Nelson Cruz, her connections, the Senator’s billionaire hedge fund backers would influence a President Ted Cruz in the White House vs. the interest of those Cruz is elected to serve, should that come to pass.
These are concerns that the Senator from Texas must address.