5/5/16/15, "Long-time Texas conservative activist endorses Cruz for president," Washington Post, Katie Zezima
"Paul Pressler, a former Texas appeals court judge who has long been a
supporter of conservative causes and active in Texas politics,
announced Saturday that he is endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R) for president.
who in 2012 hosted a large group of evangelical leaders who voted to
coalesce their support behind Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign as a
challenge to frontrunner Mitt Romney, said he announced his endorsement
of Cruz at a meeting of conservatives in Washington Saturday.
feel that Ted Cruz is electable and he stands by his convictions in an
articulate manner,” Pressler said in an interview Saturday.
announced his candidacy at Liberty University, which was founded by
fundamentalist preacher Jerry Fallwell, and is assiduously courting
religious conservatives to back his campaign. The endorsement from
Pressler comes as former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee challenges Cruz for the support of religious voters.
said he has been friends with Huckabee for “30, 40 years” and has also
known former Texas governor Rick Perry, a prospective candidate, for
decades. Pressler said he had made up his mind to endorse Cruz when the
candidate called him and asked the judge to introduce him at the
gathering – and endorse him for president. Pressler first met Cruz when
the candidate was a teenager. They have stayed in touch though they are
not particularly close.
“If you sit down and listen to him you’ll
see a passion, you’ll see a dedication to principles, you’ll see a
person that understands the issues and can articulate them very well.
And I think it’s something that people will listen to,” Pressler said." via Free Rep.