Rodimer arrived in Austin late Wednesday afternoon, telling individuals he'd been inspired to run by Cruz and members of Trump's household, in kee
Rodimer arrived in Austin late Wednesday afternoon, telling individuals he’d been inspired to run by Cruz and members of Trump’s household, in keeping with two individuals accustomed to the trade who requested anonymity.
Rodimer, one-time World Wrestling Leisure sensation who misplaced elections to Congress and state Senate in Nevada over the previous three years, shocked Republicans in Washington and Texas together with his determination to enter right into a crowded discipline that has 22 different candidates, together with the late member of congress’s widow. He has no earlier ties to the district however raised greater than $three million for his 2020 race and might be formidable in a muddled run.
His run additionally raises questions on Cruz’s position and future clout within the state. The state’s junior senator and former presidential candidate just lately got here beneath fireplace for taking a visit to Cancún, Mexico, whereas his state was tormented by a extreme winter storm. A Cruz spokesperson didn’t reply to POLITICO’s request for remark.
Rodimer initially tried to file to run on Wednesday afternoon in Fort Value. When he realized he wanted to file in Austin, which is a number of hours away with visitors, he chartered a aircraft to take him there.
He instructed individuals he was inspired to return to Texas to file for the seat by members of Trump’s entourage and that he had come from Mar-a-Lago and can be returning there after, in keeping with individuals accustomed to his exchanges. He stated Cruz “wished to see him in Congress,” as effectively, in keeping with these observers.
In emailed solutions to questions posed by POLITICO, Rodimer declined to immediately reply whether or not Trump or his household urged him to start a marketing campaign.
“A lot of people have privately inspired me to run for workplace within the state. I did have dinner with Sen. Cruz a few weeks in the past, and he thought I ought to…