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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced he will support Brandon Gill for a U.S. House seat in the state’s 26th Congressional District.
According to The Daily Caller, which first reported the endorsement, in December, former President Donald Trump endorsed Gill, who is competing in a crowded primary for Republican Rep. Michael Burgess’ seat. Cruz touted him as the standout candidate among others and the most suitable person for the position.
“Brandon Gill has all the best characteristics of a Texan: Dedicated, hardworking, and resilient. With a deep understanding of what it means to take on the left and the corrupt mainstream media, Brandon has set himself apart from other candidates and is the best qualified to fight the radical left and their disastrous agenda in Congress,” Cruz told the Caller.
“I am proud to endorse him for TX-26 and look forward to seeing him win his race,” Cruz added.
Gill issued a statement after Cruz endorsed him, saying: “Senator Cruz is a brilliant legislator, a leader in the conservative movement, and a hero for every freedom-loving Texan. It’s an honor to have the endorsement and support of Senator Ted Cruz.”
I am humbled and honored to share that I’ve been officially endorsed by President Donald J. Trump in my run for US Congress in TX-26.
To the people of TX-26 and President Trump: I will not let you down. pic.twitter.com/VcrRSDim9g
— Brandon Gill (@realBrandonGill) December 2, 2023
Earlier, a new Super PAC was launched in support of Gill in the wake of Trump’s endorsement. The PAC Right Texas announced that it would be pledging $1 million to Gill’s campaign.
Trump, who is currently the frontrunner for the party’s 2024 presidential nomination, took to his Truth Social platform to endorse Gill.
“It is my great honor to ENDORSE Brandon Gill for U.S. Congress in Texas-26. He is the clear ‘America First’ candidate, and is as loyal and tough as they come. He’s a Cowboy, Businessman, Husband and Father, but also, a True Patriot. Brandon is Strong on SECURING OUR BORDER, STOPPING CRIME, FIGHTING INFLATION, & PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT. He also comes with the love and respect of his father-in-law, a true warrior, Dinesh D’Souza. Brandon will not let you down. Onward to VICTORY!” Trump wrote.
“I am humbled and honored to share that I’ve been officially endorsed by President Donald J. Trump in my run for US Congress in TX-26,” Gill said in response with a screenshot of the endorsement on his X, formerly Twitter, page.
“To the people of TX-26 and President Trump: I will not let you down,” he said.
“Congressional Democrats and the Biden Administration have failed us. Our homeland is being invaded. Our borders are a free-for-all. Crime is soaring, and our economy is a wrecking ball aimed at the middle class,” Gill, who is the son-in-law of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, said when he announced his campaign.
“We’re in dire need of a trailblazer, someone unafraid to take on the power players and entrenched interests, a fighter who embodies our values,” he said. “Washington, take note: you’re done pushing Texans around. Starting now, you’re going to listen to us. I’ve been on the front lines in conservative media, and now I’m ready to take the battle straight to the Swamp. We need to finish the wall, secure the Southern border, balance our budget, unleash our energy industry, restore law and order, and kick weak Republicans who rubber stamp progressives’ agenda out of Congress.”
Burgess announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election.
“It is with a satisfied and grateful heart that I announce that I will not be seeking reelection to the United States of Representatives in 2024,” the retiring lawmaker said.
On his website, Gill touted his love of Texas and the U.S., and his commitment to family values.
“Since I was born – on a United States Air Force Base – I’ve had a deep and abiding love for this country and the principles it stands for. And it started with my family. My father was a fighter pilot who flew over 60 combat missions over Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. My grandfather was a Southern Baptist Preacher in the Dallas area. It’s in my veins,” he noted.
“I grew up on a thousand acre cattle ranch outside of Abilene, Texas where we raised angus beef cows. For as long as I can remember, I was working cows, building fences, driving tractors and backhoes, plowing fields, and slinging hay bales,” he said. “The work was difficult, but being part of a family business that involved long days and hard labor taught me that great things don’t come easy. It was the type of work too many in Washington look down upon, and the people I grew up with are the Americans too often forgotten by our elite class.”