Of course we all played “Where’s Waldo?” as kids. I loved the books and we eventually all found Waldo. That has not been the case with Ted Cruz. He has only been seen once this year and it was not in a Town Hall meeting, he was in Mission in February for a border roundtable conversation with local officials before taking a tour on the Rio Grande.
Protestors gathered Monday, June 26th to confront McAllen Mayor Darling on the issue of Ted Cruz being a part of their Annual 4th of July Parade. Darling spoke to the protestors saying “I want to thank everybody for being here today. The Fourth of July is obviously an important day and we, like most cities, have festivities on it. One thing that came up, and want to talk about it because I don’t talk to the other city commissioners very much outside the meetings, is to let you know that we did have Sen. Cruz’s office contact me and ask to participate in the parade. And as a U.S. Senator from our state, we certainly don’t want to tell him that he can’t.
“I want to point out one thing though, I think it’s important. I was with him when he was in Mission this spring. There were protesters across the street — I saw the signs and all that. So I reached out to his staff — there’s going to be a brunch that usually happens along with the Fourth of July parade. And I asked them if they would engage and asked somebody from LUPE, which is a local group. And my understanding is they did reach out, and there will be representatives there. And I think it’s important for people to exercise their right to protest and wave signs but I also think it’s important to establish a dialogue and present your concerns in a manner that hopefully will get listened to. So hopefully we’ll accomplish both of those and we’ll all have a great Fourth of July parade and be proud of McAllen. The City of McAllen will always welcome our federal and state elected officials to our city, because by doing so, we can help them understand the needs in our community. We are so proud that Sen. Cruz asked to be part of our parade because we feel he recognizes that the legislative issues important to our city and our residents are important to him.”
However after contacting LUPE Executive Director Juanita Valdez-Cox said that the group will not meet with Cruz. LUPE was contacted by Cruz’s staff, but it will not accept the invitation to meet with the Senator. “We are interested in conducting a town hall meeting with the Senator so he can hear directly from his constituents about the issues that concern them like the border wall, immigration matters, and healthcare issues. We ask Mayor Darling to call on the Senator to hold such a town hall meeting with community-based organizations from the Rio Grande Valley.”
Amanda Salas, a member of several community organizations said “I don’t think the RGV (Rio Grande Valley) is interested in being a prop. If he’s interested in coming, he should be interested in meeting with his constituents. Because he’s absolutely not interested in the same things the Valley is interested in.”
McAllen’s District 2 Commissioner Joaquin “J.J.” Zamora said he’s heard from concerned constituents about Cruz’s visit, and emphasized that Cruz inquired about participating in the McAllen parade, he was not asked. Cruz will not be leading the parade. He will be riding in a vehicle in the parade, as will McAllen’s Democratic Congressman Vicente Gonzalez. Texas State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will be this years parade’s Grand Marshal.
If you’re a lifelong Texan like myself and have followed the nauseating campaigns and political career of Ted Cruz then you know he is a lowly coward when it comes to doing Town Halls! That’s why so many missing posters have been plastered all over college campuses in Central Texas. Nobody is surprised.
Cruz is just doing this because he has not been seen in public in Texas to meet with his constituents this year (only closed door meetings with Texas officials in Mission, TX). Cruz knows if he shows his face at a town hall and is forced to answer questions about health care, border issues, immigration and “Religious Refusal” laws he will be booed out of existence. Yes, there’s a reason Cruz won’t show his face, he can’t handle hearing the truth from his constituents.
So, If you live close to McAllen or want to make the drive and try to confront Ted Cruz about the ACA and life saving health care then you should make the trip. Also, Southwest Airlines is running some great promotional fares for the summer so you might be able to catch a “Confront Ted Cruz” special fare!
Here’s your chance for a one on one meeting with the despicable Ted Cruz. However, if you’re like me and can’t make it to McAllen, please pick up your phone and call Senator Cruz’s offices in Austin at (512) 916-5834 and Washington D.C. at (202) 224-5922 and register your complaints and disgust regarding the current Senate health care plan. It’s the least we all can do and we all must do!