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Ron Nehring to chair Ted Cruz’s CA campaign

Former California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring will serve as chairman of 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign in the Golden State.

Ron NehringNehring, 44, of El Cajon, unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor last year against incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom. He was the state GOP’s chairman from 2007 to 2011, leading a robust fundraising program to pull the party out of debt; he also chaired the Republican National Committee’s State Chairmen’s committee during those years. Earlier, he chaired the Republican Party of San Diego from 2001 to 2007.

Cruz “is an exciting, Reaganite candidate for president who has demonstrated the courage needed to get the country on track,” Nehring said Monday morning, noting California’s relatively high poverty and unemployment rates “and a middle class squeezed between sky high taxes and a high cost of living.”

“To help Californians regain lost ground, we need a President who will set a new course for the nation that will re-ignite our economy by expanding economic freedoms and opportunity. Ted Cruz has proven he has the courage, skill, principles and experience to make it happen and I’m proud to join his team,” he said. “Our job in California is clear: to build the volunteer army and donor support to win the California primary in June when we’ll elect the largest delegation to the national convention in Cleveland and prepare the battlefield for the general election.”

Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, also Monday named former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis to chair his campaign in that state. Cruz, 44, in late March became the first major Republican to declare candidacy for 2016’s presidential race – since then, he has been joined by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“I am excited to add two incredibly experienced, courageous conservatives to our team,” Cruz said in a news release. “Saul has a strong record of leadership, success, and exemplary management in Michigan. Ron has had the courage to believe the GOP can win in California and has a record to prove it in San Diego. With their guidance, our campaign is going to perform exceptionally well in both Michigan and California.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • TED CRUZ 2016
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  • Like most Tea Party supporters, I, too, would surely wish Sen Cruz was an Art. II, §I, Cl. 5 natural born Citizens, but he is not. If we abandon the natural born citizenship clause now, it will be exploited by others who come after Sen. Cruz who may not share his political convictions, and expose us all to the greatest threat to the Republic the founders and framers of the US Const. knew well, feared the most, and warned us all against: the loss of our freedom and liberty, not from an external military force, but from subversion within our own political system.

    Moreover, when you realize virtually all executive power in this country is held by one person as the commander in chief of this nation’s armed forces, and you also take into account the vast increase in both the destructive force and speed modern weapons now have over their 18th Century counterparts, you begin to realize just how important these three little words: “natural born Citizen” has become in today’s turbulently shrinking world, and how important it is to apply the narrowest of definitions to the “natural born Citizen” clause as a presidential requirement rather than standing on the threshold of abandoning it altogether.

    There are plenty of other political venues Sen Cruz and Sen Rubio can help move this country back to a stable and rational position without forever destroying this increasing essential precaution the founders and framers of the US Const. have specifically warn us all about.

  • iheartdagney

    So, children of military members born in another country to a foreign mother or father are also barred from running for president? Please explain what you mean by “natural born citizen” because you did not above.

    As far as I’m concerned, it is far more important to gauge the CHARACTER and American sensibility of the candidate. As, WAS NOT DONE in the previous two elections. The low-information voters decided to vote in a beauty contest and elected an America-Hater because he had the right skin color. Any person who memorized the U.S. Constitution as a teenager (Ted Cruz) and by deed and word shows his love for this country’s founding (again, Ted Cruz) should be encouraged to become our president ……. ANY DAY OF THE WEEK!

    How about we add a constitutional amendment where potential voters are REQUIRED to understand the purpose of the founding documents and pass a written test to that effect? THAT would go much further to ensure we preserve our republic, don’t you agree? States should also be encouraged by WE THE PEOPLE to bring back real American History and scrap the revisionist history books centering on hate-America communist union rabble rousing by Howard Zinn.

  • Please read and inwardly digest: 7 FAM 1113 (c)

    c. Birth on U.S. Military Base Outside of the United States or Birth on U.S. Embassy or Consulate Premises Abroad:

    1) Despite widespread popular belief, U.S. military installations abroad and U.S. diplomatic or consular facilities abroad are not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14th Amendment. A child born on the premises of such a facility is not born in the United States and does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth.

    Having memorized the US Const. as a teenager, Sen Cruz well knows the difference between a “statutory” born US citizen and a “natural” born US citizen. What he is counting on is the same thing Obama successfully counted upon, that the voters don’t.

  • JohnW

    Full Moon, I reckon.

    You’ll have to take my comments with a grain of salt because I am, according to “iheartdagney” one of those “low information voters,” who voted for Obama for all the wrong reasons.

    Ron Nehring calls Ted Cruz “Reaganite.” I would say he is more “McCarthyite” than “Reaganite.”

    That said, the fact that Ted Cruz was born in Canada does not disqualify him from running for President. His mother was Eleanor Wilson Cruz, an American citizen born in Delaware. He did not have to go through any special process (naturalization) to become a full-blown citizen. Had he retained his dual American-Canadian citizenship, that might have raised some conflict of loyalty issues. But he didn’t.

    Likewise, the fact that Marco Rubio was born to Cuban immigrants who had not yet become naturalized U.S. citizens means nothing. He was born in Miami. Fin de la historia! End of story.

    Apparently, some folks are still in purple Kool-aid mode regarding Obama’s eligibility. Born in Hawaii to a mother born in Kansas whose father (Obama’s American grandfather) helped liberate Europe from the Nazis.

    There are only two ways to be a U.S. citizen: be a “natural born citizen” or a “naturalized citizen.” Naturalized means you go through the legal process set by Congress pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution. Cruz, Rubio and Obama are all U.S. citizens. None became a citizen via the naturalization process. Ergo, each is a “natural born Citizen.” Unless, of course, one of them turns out to be an alien from a distant planet. Distinct possibility in Ted Cruz’s case.