Whoa there pardner! Raffy Cruz was born up Canada Way. That's right - he is a naturalized citizen and still eligible to sit in the Canadian Parliament (which we have always suggested may be a better route to power for dear Raffy).
In the meantime, it looks like Ted Cruz, just like Lucy Ricardo, may have some 'splainin' to do' regarding how Papa got here and what Papa did down Havana way.
So apologies to DMN readers on Bobby Garrett's screwup. Not to worry, CanadaCruz is here to correct the record. So here are some boo-boo kisses for Garrett for his error in fact. But worth reading are the apparently big whoppers Raffy Cruz is now saying to cover his butt for embellishing. It should bring you your chuckle for the day.
And below that is the article with the screwup highlighted plus our own snarky comments in red since this our blog:
Ted Cruz News A Tight-Lipped Cruz Lets Others Fill In Blanks On Cuban Father’s ExodusBy Robert T. Garrett
The Dallas Morning News
October 25, 2011 AUSTIN — Texas U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz often laces his speeches and radio interviews with a story about how his father fled Cuban oppression.
But this fall, Cruz told few if any audiences that his father came to the U.S. in 1957, more than a year before Fidel Castro came to power, and that his flight was from the regime of right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista, not Castro’s.
Cruz has remained silent as journalists and political activists repeatedly — and incorrectly — placed his father among the many Cubans who fled after Castro took power. OH PLEASE, HE KNEW THE TRUTH!
Cruz’s father, Rafael, was a guerrilla who fought to topple Batista, though he departed for Texas before the Cuban revolution succeeded. SOUNDS SUSPICIOUS...HMMMM...
Cruz, a Republican and former state solicitor general, said this week he felt no obligation to correct others’ mistaken impressions. "SON, I TOLD YOU TO QUIT FIBBING ABOUT ME. GO TO YOUR ROOM."
“I have many, many times described the full context of his fighting with Castro — in the broader sense … not side by side but on the same side as Castro,” Cruz said in an interview Monday.
A review by The Dallas Morning News of dozens of speeches and interviews Cruz has given since 2005 found no instances of his incorrectly describing when his father fled from Cuba, as U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., recently acknowledged doing.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that Rubio said on three occasions since 2006 and on his official Senate website that his parents came to the U.S. after Castro’s forces overthrew Batista in January 1959.
They actually arrived more than 21/2 years earlier. Rubio has said his parents wanted to go back to Cuba but couldn’t because of Castro’s Marxist oppression.
Like Rubio, Cruz was born in the U.S. WRONG!
Cruz, a Republican conservative firebrand, has shaped and reshaped the story of his father, who is now 72 and lives in Carrollton, since 2009, when the younger Cruz ran briefly for state attorney general.
Last January, Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring for the seat of retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and he now faces a crowded March primary field.
Until August, Cruz routinely said in public appearances that in 1956, under the Batista regime, his paternal grandfather bribed guards to free his father from prison. Rafael Cruz, though, recently told his son that wasn’t accurate.
“My dad said, ‘No, that that piece is not the case, I don’t believe that is right,’ and so I’ve stopped saying that,” Ted Cruz said.
He said his father, then 17, was tortured and “beaten almost to death.” In at least seven speeches and radio interviews last month and this month, Cruz talked about his father’s flight from Cuba but mentioned neither the date nor Batista, The News found.
In an appearance earlier this month at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Cruz quoted his father as saying in a speech at a 2009 Dallas Tea Party rally: “When I was a young man, I saw a young charismatic leader come to power, and he promised hope and change.”
Ted Cruz acknowledged Monday that his father was talking about Castro’s early years in power. “He didn’t say he was there firsthand, suffering it. He just described it,” the younger Cruz said. YEAH. RIGHT. SUUURRRRRE...
In a 2006 report, the Austin American-Statesman quoted Cruz as saying his father “was a guerrilla, throwing Molotov cocktails and blowing up buildings.” TERRORIST ACTIVITIES AGAINST A GOVERNMENT FRIENDLY TOWARDS THE UNITED STATES????
By the early 1960s, Rafael Cruz was alarmed that his younger sister was imprisoned and tortured by Castro’s regime, and Rafael had become a firm Castro opponent, Ted Cruz explained.
Cruz said he sympathizes with Rubio, whom he has often extolled as a principled conservative he would like to emulate in the Senate. “Anytime one is recounting oral history of your family, there are necessarily some vagaries that come with memories 50, 60 years ago,” Cruz said. “There is nothing to hide.” OH REALLY??