Laying the groundwork for a possible though unconfirmed 2024 presidential bid, Cruz to raise $100K for up to 25 House candidates
Early Wednesday morning, the Washington Examiner broke the story of the formation of a “20 for 20” fundraising committee with a goal to raise $100,000 for up to 25 Republican House candidates in the general election.
Jeanne Ives, Republican nominee challenging Congressman Sean Casten in the 6th district, is among the initial 25 Republicans running for the House being backed by Cruz through his new 20 for 20 fundraising committee.
Since February, Cruz has backed Ives so her being included in a fundraising committee like this is no surprise.
Yet with Cruz, who turns 50 in December doing this level of fundraising for 25 House candidates, and doing similar fundraising support among Senate Republican candidates, leaves no doubt 2024 presidential ambitions for Texas’ junior Senator, whose current Senate term is up in 2024.
Ives is among the following House Republican nominees:
- Mary Miller, IL-15
- Lauren Boebert, CO-03
- Dr. Rich McCormick, GA-07
- Randy Feenstra, IA-04
- Ann Wagner, MO-02
- Matt Rosendale, MT-At Large
- Madison Cawthorn, NC-11
- Yvette Herrell, NM-02
- Dan Rodimer, NV-03
- Jim Marchant, NV-04
- Alek Skarlatos, OR-04
- Sean Parnell, PA-17
- Wesley Hunt, TX-07
- August Pfluger, TX-11
- Chip Roy, TX-21
- Burgess Owens, UT-04
- Bob Good, VA-05
With the inclusion of Mary Miller of downstate IL-15 which is rated a “safe Republican” district, at least one of the two Illinoisans will be in Congress next year. Ives’ district is rated “Likely Democrat”.
Another interesting observation is all three Republican nomination upset winners, by virtue of winning over President Trump’s endorsed Republican, are on Cruz’s list, from CO-03, NC-11 and VA-05.
These seven House Republican candidates have yet to win the nomination to appear on the general election ballot and being the nominee is a requisite to receive the $100K:
- Bill Hightower, AL-01 primary runoff July 14
- Leo Valentine, FL-07 primary August 18, winner-take-all
- Amanda Adkins, KS-03 primary August 4, winner-take-all
- Shane Hernandez, MI-10 primary August 4, winner-take-all
- Pat Fallon, TX-04, the elected Republican county chairs (18) and precinct chairs will meet in convention to determine the Republican to replace John Ratcliffe on the fall ballot on August 8
- Paul Reyes, TX-23 primary runoff July 14
- Nick Freitas, VA-07 nominating convention July 18
Of the Republican candidates who are still competing in primaries, primary runoffs or conventions, the naming of TX-04’s Pat Fallon was the biggest surprise, as this list was the first time Senator Cruz has endorsed a candidate for the vacant TX-04 seat in Congress.
Nearly 2 dozen Republicans have been talking to Republican county chairs and precinct chairs in the TX-04 district, who will cast votes on August 8 at the convention to replace former Congressman, now Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on the fall ballot. Texas Governor Greg Abbott declined to call a special election for the remainder of Ratcliffe’s unexpired term.
- Washington Examiner 7/8/20 article: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/ted-cruz-team-player-senator-raising-millions-for-republicans-as-he-eyes-potential-2024-bid