U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to speak in Yoakum in July

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

June 24, 2014 at 1:24 a.m.

Senator Ted Cruz, keynote speaker at Patriot Dinner

Senator Ted Cruz, keynote speaker at Patriot Dinner

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz had to miss an earlier Republican Women of Yoakum function to carry out a filibuster protesting "Obamacare," but he's visiting South Texas in July.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filled in for him at the group's October event, speaking to 660 people at the Yoakum Community Center.

"We didn't actually hear any moans or groans about it," said Brenda Cash, the first vice president of the group. "They would say, 'You know, he has to be up there. That's what we hired him for.' He promised he would make it up to the people of South Texas. He had Friday, July 11, open, so that's when he's coming."

The event is scheduled again at the community center. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and Cruz will begin speaking an hour later.

General admission costs $20. Reserved seats cost $50.

The group is making room for about 850 people this time.

Questions will be submitted beforehand for Cruz, and Cash said she hopes he'll touch on the situation in Iraq and immigration, especially since he recently visited the United States-Mexico border.

On Cruz's efforts protesting "Obamacare" back in October, Cash added, "We do not think what he did was in vain. We thought it was very effective because it called attention to how bad 'Obamacare' was to the rest of the nation. If nothing else, it raised a lot of awareness."

Larry Smith, the Republican candidate for Texas' Congressional District 34, and State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst of District 13 are expected to attend.

The proceeds from the event will help the Republican Women of Yoakum support local Republican candidates and their campaigns.

The group also buys library books for high schools in Lavaca and DeWitt counties and hosts an essay contest about the Constitution for seniors every year for which they give out $1,000 scholarships, Cash said.



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