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In Texas, Dewhurst Casting Roberts as Conservative Pariah

July 9, 2012

Before the recent Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal health care law, here's something we wouldn't have ever imagined seeing: A Republican candidate trying to cast his primary opponent as insufficiently conservative by trying him to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

That's exactly what Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's Senate campaign did on Monday. "ICYMI: "Cruz, Justice Roberts Have History," read the header of Dewhurst press release, which included a story from the Texas Tribune with the same headline.

Former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz -- Dewhurst's opponent in the July 31 GOP runoff -- and Roberts both worked on the Bush/Cheney team during the legal battle over the 2000 Florida recount, and as the Tribune story notes, both had clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

While Cruz has expressed disappointment in the court's decision to uphold the l health care law, Dewhurst has gone a step further and has gone directly after Roberts, how sided with the court's liberal justices in upholding the measure.

"When Supreme Court Justice John Roberts sold constitutional conservatives down the river and held up the worst parts of the disaster called Obamacare, we knew we were in for a problem," Dewhurst said at a press conference last Friday, according to the Tribune report.

Roberts, who was nominated by George W. Bush was celebrated by conservatives when he was confirmed in 2005. But it's a sign of the times when his name is being tossed around as negative in Republican primaries.

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