Are some incumbent Republicans pretending to support Ted Cruz for President in order to appear conservative to their voters? For three Texas state representatives, that seems to be the only logical explanation for the endorsements they have made.

Cruz recently released a list of state lawmakers backing his presidential bid. Most on the list, undoubtedly, sincerely support the junior senator from Texas. But, based on their own records, others appear to be making the endorsement in order to bolster their own non-existent conservative bona fides.

Consider, for instance, state representatives Wayne Smith (R–Baytown), John Zerwas (R–Richmond), and John Raney (R–College Station). All three are listed as officially endorsing Cruz, yet their records suggest they support policies diametrically opposed to the Cruz agenda.

Since going to Washington, Cruz has made the repeal of ObamaCare the centerpiece of his senatorial and presidential agendas. Yet Smith, Zerwas, and Raney all supported the ObamaCare Medicaid expansion in Texas. Even when other Republicans backtracked on their vote, Smith, Zerwas, and Raney stood by their votes in support of ObamaCare.

And while Raney and Zerwas are silent on the issue, Smith has the nerve to claim on his website that he opposes the implementation of ObamaCare in Texas!

Some politicians will say anything on the campaign trail in order to get elected. That is why it is so important to look to the voting records of elected officials – to see where they really stand and who they really represent.

Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel to Texas Scorecard. A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony specializes in the areas of civil litigation, legislative lawyering, and non-profit regulatory compliance. Tony resides in Austin with his wife and daughter and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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