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Former Supporter Challenges Ted Cruz For His Senate Seat

Photo courtesy of Stefano de Stefano
Stefan de Stefano will challenge Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 Republican primary.

From Texas Standard:

With election day 2018 more than a year away, a Houston-area energy attorney appears to be the first to throw his hat in the ring as a primary challenger to fellow Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.


Once a supporter of Cruz, Stefano de Stefano says the senator has "nothing" to show for his time in Congress. Citing Cruz's "ineffective" health care amendment proposal and his shift away from supporting Texas' oil industry to out-of-state coal and ethanol interests, de Stefano says a "Texas first" approach is what's needed in Washington.

De Stefano says legislation, like tax reform, won't be passed without a willingness to work across the aisle in Congress, something that he says runs counter to Cruz's "extremist" style.


Written by Louise Rodriguez.

Rhonda joined KUT in late 2013 as producer for the station's new daily news program, Texas Standard. Rhonda will forever be known as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the first full-time hire for The Texas Standard?” She’s an Iowa native who got her start in public radio at WFSU in Tallahassee, while getting her Master's Degree in Library Science at Florida State University. Prior to joining KUT and The Texas Standard, Rhonda was a producer for Wisconsin Public Radio.
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