Skip to comments.Sen. Cruz Names U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, and Texas Sen. Brian Birdwell.....
Posted on 08/26/2015 7:11:45 AM PDT by Isara
HOUSTON, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today named former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire, Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, and Texas State Sen. Brian Birdwell as co-chairs of the Cruz for President military coalition, Vets for Ted. Bill Connor will serve as national director.
I am humbled and proud to have Bob, Jim, Brian, and Bill leading the Vets for Ted military coalition, Sen. Cruz said. Each of these men has bravely served our country and put their lives on the line to defend the liberties we enjoy today. Their support is an honor. I am committed to ensuring our military forces are provided the resources they need to protect our homeland and promote America’s interests across the globe–and to making sure we fulfill our obligations to our veterans and their families when they return home.
Sen. Bob Smith, who also serves as co-chair of Sen. Cruzs New Hampshire leadership team, enlisted in United States Naval Reserve during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He served two years of active duty with the United States Navy (1965-1967), which included one year of active duty in the Vietnam conflict aboard the U.S.S. Navasota. He afterwards served five additional years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Smith represented the state of New Hampshire in the U. S. House of Representatives for six years (1985-1990) and the U. S. Senate for 12 years (1990-2003).
Congressman Jim Bridenstine is a decorated Navy pilot and flew combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew Red Air and was also an instructor. He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he has flown the E-2C Hawkeye, a surveillance and operations command aircraft, in Central and South America in support of Americas war on drugs. He currently represents Oklahoma’s First District and serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell is a decorated military veteran and Texas Senator. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Lamar University Army ROTC program and served the U.S. Army in numerous training deployments and two operational deployments. During his deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, he was awarded the Bronze Star for Exceptional Meritorious Achievement. Birdwell is a survivor of the 9/11 terror attack on the U.S. Pentagon, which left him critically wounded and severely burned. Following 39 operations, months of hospitalization and numerous skin grafts, Birdwell made a miraculous recovery, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit, and went on to win special election to the Texas Senate in 2010 where he has twice been re-elected and he serves today.
Bill Connor is a decorated U.S. Army combat Infantry officer (Airborne Ranger) and served as senior U.S. military advisor in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He is an expert in geostrategic national security issues, a member of the U.S. Counterterrorism Advisory Team, and founding partner of National Defense Consultants. A graduate of The Citadel and the University of South Carolina School of Law, Connor was a runoff candidate for Lt. Governor and a U.S. Senate candidate in South Carolina. He is also a past GOP chairman for South Carolinas 6th district. As national director of the Cruz for President military coalition, Connor will advise and direct the efforts to build-upon the already growing support for Cruz among military veterans and veteran-support organizations nationwide.
This is a task I do not take lightly, says Connor. Sen. Cruz has a proven record showing that he understands the criticality of shoring up and rebuilding our defenses, from securing our borders to providing for the needs of our deployed and stateside troops and their families. As president, he will protect veterans and enhance the necessary trust between our men and women in uniform and their Commander-in-Chief.
A safer, stronger America safeguards freedom at home and across the globe. Thats why Ted Cruz has fought tirelessly to defend our nations servicemen and women, to restore Americas leadership in the world, and to secure our border and streamline our legal immigration system.
Brian Birdwell is consistently rated the most conservative State Senator. He was seriously wounded at the Pentagon on 9/11. He’s a great choice.
His dipwad of an opponent in his first race tried to claim that he wasn’t qualified as a Texas Resident to run because of the time he spent in a rehab hospital in Virginia.
Interestingly, the seat became open for Birdwell because the republican incumbent (to avoid a major scandal) dropped out of that race (for “health” reasons) without a democrat challenger leaving the race with one GOP primary candidate after the deadline. The establishment in Waco worked with democrats to ensure that lone conservative GOP candidate wouldn’t get 50% of the vote so that both parties could field candidates and the local GOP wouldn’t be stuck with a non-Waco conservative.
They failed. Their hand-picked establishment guy lost handily to Birdwell from Granbury. Now, the local Waco party is stuck with a non-local Senator whom is also the most conservative senator in the state.
I will say that the Waco GOP leadership has changed since then and Sen. Birdwell is now a favorite son.
There is definitely a method to the madness of Ted Cruz gathering these “losers” for his campaign.
There is pent up energy among their past supporters that can now be reignited and directed toward Cruz.
Where do we vets go to sign on...?
Bob Smith was an excellent senator and he knew what was wrong with the GOP.
While some talk the talk, Ted Cruz has been walking the walk. Ignore the campaign chatter and look at what the candidates have done in the past.
Birdwell is great. I met him last year. He still bears the physical scars of the Pentagon attack.
I found a few unofficial Facebook pages of Veterans for Ted Cruz. But you got the official one (3-hour-old Facebook page).
Ted Cruz's team is well organized.
Thanks to you both! I’ve been working for Ted since his Texas Primary days...
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