Seven months ago, Plaza de Armas broke the story of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz’s legal work on behalf of a Chinese conglomerate accused of stealing the patent on an underground mining tire created by a Florida manufacturer. While noting that Cruz was well within his rights as an attorney to take the case, we predicted that it would cause the former Texas solicitor general some political headaches in the campaign.
At the time, we would have guessed that the candidate most likely to target Cruz on the issue was Elizabeth Ames Jones, who was desperately trying to bump Cruz out of the number-two spot in the GOP primary picture, with the hope that she could make it to a runoff with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
Well, Jones dropped out of the U.S. Senate race only six weeks after the Chinese-conglomerate story broke, but that doesn’t mean that Cruz has been spared. Last week, Dewhurst aimed his fire downward and began running a brutal attack ad, enlisting Jordan Fishman, the aggrieved businessman, to say, "There’s too many people like Ted Cruz in Washington today."