Emails (excerpted), Drew Brandewie, communications director, Texans for Sen. John Cornyn, Jan. 24, 2014

9:52 a.m.

Thought I’d take you up on your offer – from a fundraising pitch on Wed: “And while John Cornyn backed his pal David Dewhurst, I back Ted Cruz.”


I’m sure you remember Sen. Cornyn stayed steadfastly neutral, since he knew and liked both men:


And in 2010, Cornyn supported then-Florida Gov. Charlie Crist over Rubio for the Sunshine State’s Senate seat, the News’ story notes, after which he conceded he’d made a mistake and further agreed to remain neutral in party primaries.


Cornyn, who stayed neutral in the primary and the run-off between Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, told reporters Wednesday that the win "was a real upset and we all recognize that."

Drew Brandewie

Communications Director

Texans for Senator John Cornyn

1:01 p.m.

See below, and again he professed to “back” Sen. Cruz did not vote for him last year:

U.S. John Cornyn — who remained neutral in the race, despite Cruz’s reluctance to back him in the his bid for Senate GOP whip — praised Cruz for a “well-deserved and well-earned victory.” “This has been a hard-fought and spirited primary battle and the people of Texas would have been fortunate to have any one of these well-qualified candidates as their next U.S. Senator,” Cornyn said in a statement. But I could not be more pleased with the nomination of Ted Cruz and I offer my warmest congratulations to Ted, his wife Heidi and their two daughters.  He and his team ran a remarkable race and this is a well-deserved and well-earned victory.”

Cornyn said he “could not be more pleased with the nomination” of Cruz. Cornyn, who also happens to be the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, remained neutral throughout the primary and won’t need to worry about Cruz holding the GOP seat in November.

Cruz, 42, is a tea party favorite who toppled the establishment candidate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in a hotly contested GOP Senate primary last year. Cornyn remained neutral in that race for an open seat, as did many statewide Republican officials.