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July 29, 2016 | 1,962 views | 2 comments

By Robin Walker

Soraya Zamora is a school teacher from Edinburg Texas and wife of Eddie Zamora. Eddie, who ran for the congressional seat in our district, nominated me to be a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland and asked if Soraya, an alternate, could share my room when my husband decided not to go. As we became acquainted, Soraya told me that 8 years ago she was frustrated with the policies and promises of border security from George W. Bush.

Like me, she was a devoted Bush fan but Soraya felt he had let her down. Soraya confessed that she actually went to an Obama rally in the Rio Grande Valley and stood on a chair to cheer Obama on. She thought it was a historic moment and that what he said about security was true.

A legal immigrant from Venezuela and now citizen of the United States, she was determined to prevent what happened to her former country from happening in America. It wasn’t long before she realized her mistake in supporting Obama. Soraya became a dedicated conservative and Republican supporter. As my new friend sat in the Texas Delegation meeting on the last day of the RNC convention this firecracker of a Republican was about to face down a Republican Senator from Texas that she had worked so hard to elect, Ted Cruz.

Cruz, you see, met my RNC Convention roommate at the Church of the King in McAllen, Texas years ago during his campaign. It was at that meeting that she asked if he was a man of his word. She was not going to be fooled again. She asked if she could contact him if she had concerns. I am sure he said “yes, of course”. And now Soraya was concerned about Senator Cruz’s Wednesday July 20 speech at the RNC convention.

It was a speech where Cruz thanked the Trump campaign for the invitation to speak, but then failed to rally the troops around the nominee. Cruz carefully and painfully chose his words. My heart ached as disrespectful Republicans interrupted his speech and booed him off the stage.

The following morning, just 5 yards from me was Senator Cruz addressing the Texas delegation in an attempt to explain his comments from the night before. The irony of it all struck me. The same reason that Ted Cruz got elected to office is the same reason Donald Trump ended up as the nominee. They were outsiders, they were not the establishment, and now Cruz sounded every bit like an establishment insider, carefully crafting his remarks. Parsing his words in a way only the Clintons could do better. He said if it had been our spouse or our father that Trump insulted that we would do the same thing he did, despite his signing a pledge to support the ultimate nominee.

I consider all Texas men as gentlemen of honor (unless shown otherwise) and yes, my husband would have been offended. And my husband would have handled the debate where Trump insulted Cruz’s family differently...quite differently. But Cruz’s comments struck me now as prideful and contrived. Tears of disappointment began to roll down my cheeks as the man who had defended a friend’s constitutional right to say a prayer at high school graduation in Castroville, Texas faded away. It was too much for Soraya. Once again, there she was standing on a chair.

She bravely raised her hand and waited for Ted Cruz to call on her. She had given him one more chance to say nothing more than he would vote for the nominee of the Republican Party. That he would vote for the only other candidate in her opinion that had a chance to defeat the kind of candidate that had ruined the country she left.

Apparently annoyed with the negative tone of the questions, Senator Cruz took one last question from the lady on the chair in her Texas flag shirt. With her beautiful Venezuelan accent and determined passionate voice she said “Do you remember sir when I met you in a church in McAllen, Texas and I asked you if you were a man of honor? You said I could contact you if I ever had questions or concerns.” Cruz said yes.

“Sir, this is not about your wife Heidi, this is not about your father Rafael, this is about the United States of America. You had a chance to unify our voters in a way that even our nominee couldn’t do and you didn’t do it.”

The room erupted in applause and cheers and then, Ted, once again left the room without unifying the delegates. I believe anyone can be redeemed and forgiven so I am not counting out Senator Cruz in his bid to be re-elected as Senator, and I will pray for him and his decisions.

However, as far as I am concerned, Senator Cruz will forever be the losing super-bowl coach that walked off the field without shaking the hand of the winning team.

Robin Walker is President of the Guadalupe County Republican Women and 2016 RNC Delegate
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