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Dewhurst Camp Slams Cruz for Refusing to Back Cornyn for GOP Whip

When Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced last week that he wouldn't run for whip next year, it gave Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a clearer -- and potentially unopposed -- path to the No. 2 leadership post in the Senate's GOP hierarchy. But one Republican in Cornyn's home state Senate race hasn't committed to voting for his fellow Texan next year.

While all the other major candidates in the GOP field have pledged to support Cornyn's bid if elected, former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz remains neutral.

Cruz told a Lubbock radio station in February that it would be "presumptuous" for him to endorse a candidate for a leadership position before actually winning the election.

"I'm not committing to any leadership votes because I'm focusing on winning a primary," Cruz said.

But in November, Cruz endorsed Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson's campaign against Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., for GOP conference vice-chair.

Cruz's campaign did not respond to Hotline on Call's questions about why Cruz isn't backing Cornyn, but Dave Carney, an adviser to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, charged Cruz with hypocrisy. He suggested Cruz supported Johnson to please conservative groups, like the Club for Growth, that have backed his bid.

"He can't have it both ways," Carney said. "He got caught showing what his real values are. They don't lie with Texans. They lie with the D.C. special interests that are supporting his campaign."

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