Cruz’s Supreme Court win is a win for small-town challengers to career politicians, senator says

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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz celebrated his victory on the Supreme Court on Monday, telling Fox News it’s a victory for the insurgent outsider seeking to defeat a career federal politician.

In FEC v. Cruz for Senate, the court decided 6-3 in Cruz’s favor, striking down a law that limited the amount of money raised by a candidate that can be used after an election for the candidate to repay loans he personally made to his campaign. . .

For his candidacy for re-election in 2018 against the then representative. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, Cruz lent his campaign $260,000, while FEC law only allowed campaigns to pay a maximum of $250,000. The litigation that followed revolved around the idea that such a law “inhibits[ed] candidates make such loans in the first place,” Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote in the majority opinion.

Cruz’s race against the El Paso Democrat was the costliest Senate race in history, Roberts wrote.

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Regarding “Hannity,” Cruz said that Congress initially enacted the law in question to better guarantee ownership:

“The number one priority for Congress is to prevent someone from defeating them. So this law limits a candidate’s ability to make a loan to their campaign and then pay themselves back,” he said.

“And the reason incumbent politicians want to do that is they don’t want anyone to challenge them. They don’t want an annoying challenger, say a small business owner, to make a loan to put their life savings into, and to knock out the career politician.

“The existing rule benefited incumbent politicians and it benefited the super-rich. And the result of this decision today is much easier for citizens to say, okay, I’m sick of the direction our country is going and I’m going to do campaign and throw out the vagrants,” Cruz said.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
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Cruz also commented on Judge Clarence Thomas condemning the court’s recent leak of a draft opinion in the Mississippi abortion law case.

The Georgia jurist said he is concerned about the continued erosion and politicization of American institutions, such as the court. Cruz maintained that the attack there is coming primarily from the far left, adding that it is up to Biden’s Justice Department to prosecute activists who bully Thomas and his fellow conservative jurists.

He and host Sean Hannity added that Thomas’s response to press pressure to step down was well-spoken.

“I will absolutely leave the court when I do my job as badly as you do,” Thomas told moderator John Yoo.

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