Houston Energy Attorney Launches Surprise Primary Challenge to Ted Cruz

Stefano de Stefano

Stefano de Stefano, a free market Republican and Houston-based energy attorney, emerged Monday as the sole Republican primary challenger for Sen. Ted Cruz’ seat in the U.S. Senate.

"Texas Republicans deserve a big-tent alternative who can bring private sector know-how to bear against the gridlock in our federal legislature," said de Stefano.

Until de Stefano, Ted Cruz faced a clear path to the Republican nomination. A primary challenge from the center scrambles the electoral calculus and threatens to spoil the faceoff between Tea Party incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic hopeful Beto O'Rourke.

"People are fed up with political posturing on either side of the aisle," said de Stefano. "Texans want a reasonable candidate they can trust to get the job done."

Although de Stefano supported Ted Cruz in 2012, he was "grossly disappointed" in Cruz' record as Texas' junior senator, with a government shutdown under his belt and what de Stefano calls a history of promoting his personal brand over Texas interests. "Cruz' presidential ambitions lead him to pander to energy interests in other states that directly compete with Texas' leadership in the energy sector," de Stefano said. "Texans deserve a senator who will put Texas first."

De Stefano intends to rally a coalition of jilted voters to unseat the incumbent.

Watch the full announcement about Stefano de Stefano's decision to run and learn about his #4forTX platform via remarks broadcast on his campaign's Facebook page (@StefanoForTX) on Thursday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. CST.

Media Contact: 
Winston O'Neal 
Phone: 281-520-2354
Email: Winston@StefanoforTexas.com

Source: Stefano for Texas


Categories: Elections, Politicians, Politics

Tags: 2018 Senate elections, Politics, Ted Cruz, Texas

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Stefano de Stefano is a free-market Republican and Houston energy attorney running for the U.S. Senate in 2018 to unseat Ted Cruz in the Texas Republican Party primary.

Winston O'Neal
Campaign Manager, Stefano for Texas
Stefano for Texas
PO Box 940926
Houston, TX 77094
United States