National Politics - 2016

Ted Cruz’s Secret Weapon …

MEET KATRINA PIERSON …  || By FITSNEWS || To say U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made a splash on his latest visit to early-voting South Carolina is an understatement.  The Texas conservative wowed the crowd at the S.C. Tea Party Coalition convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this week – receiving arguably…


|| By FITSNEWS || To say U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz made a splash on his latest visit to early-voting South Carolina is an understatement.  The Texas conservative wowed the crowd at the S.C. Tea Party Coalition convention in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this week – receiving arguably the most enthusiastic response of any of the four would-be 2016 “Republican” presidential aspirants.

Cruz’s visit paid off in the press, too – nationally and in South Carolina.  Politico wrote an expansive piece about the buzz his Tea Party speech generated, while we devoted a lengthy column toward his prospects for victory in the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” presidential primary election.

Did Cruz make the same sort of splash billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump did?

Of course not … but one of his aides certainly did …

We’re referring, of course, to Katrina Pierson – the stunning Texas bombshell who turned heads at the convention with her introduction of Cruz, delivered in front of an overflow crowd of hundreds of conservative activists.

This website has written about Pierson in the past.  In fact we referenced her 2014 candidacy against liberal “Republican” congressman Pete Sessions (which she lost, lamentably) as emblematic of the sort of “RINO hunting” needed on a national scale if the GOP ever hopes to regain the trust of leery taxpayers.

Now South Carolina knows all about this grassroots guru … who runs a consulting company in her home state.

“Everybody loved her,” one convention attendee told FITS. “Everybody was talking about her.”

The press picked up on Pierson’s appeal as well.  We quoted her in our article about Cruz, while her picture was featured prominently in several articles – including a story in The (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) Sun News.

She was all over social media too …

Let’s start with the obvious reason for all the attention, shall we?  Pierson is attractive.  Like … majorly attractive.  And while a person’s physical appearance isn’t (or shouldn’t be) a compelling reason to pay heed to their political views, to pretend it’s completely irrelevant is just as naïve.

“People stop and listen to her,” one of the organizers of the Tea Party convention in Myrtle Beach told FITS. “Do you know how many people here are trying to have their voices heard? Half the battle is getting them to stop and listen.”

Beyond her drop dead gorgeous looks, Pierson is one of only a handful of young, minority women making waves in a movement that’s typically populated by old white men.  She’s a single black mother who knows what it means to struggle to make a living – the sort of narrative that’s typically invoked in an effort to appeal to Democratic voters.

Talk about crossover appeal …

But Pierson’s attractiveness, ethnicity and background – attributes she has little/ no control over – are coupled by her rabidly pro-free market ideology, well-honed messaging skills and unrelenting work ethic (three things she does have control over).

Add it all up and you’ve got one potent operative … plus Pierson isn’t “all politics, all the time” like most young hacks.  She’s got diverse interests – including a planned shoe and clothing line.

Wait … shoes?  Now that’s the way to our founding editor’s heart …

Bottom line?  We expect to see a lot of Pierson over the coming year as Cruz’s campaign ramps up its presence in early-voting South Carolina.  And based on the reaction she got at the Tea Party convention, her presence here should continue accruing to Cruz’s benefit.

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FastEddy23 January 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm Reply
jimlewisowb January 22, 2015 at 1:26 pm

It is the heels, fuck the rest

Rocky January 22, 2015 at 1:29 pm

Isnt’ Ted the guy who refutted Obama on U-Tube and then had to take it down?

snickering January 22, 2015 at 1:51 pm

Cruz’s greatest asset is his wife. Tall, thin, blonde and a high level employee at Goldman Sachs. She does however refuse to be seen with him. Go figure.

tomstickler January 22, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Ted is covered by her Goldman Sachs employee health plan, so he can brag that he refuses to enroll in the Congressional health plan nor Obamacare.

Point of order January 22, 2015 at 1:56 pm

“are coupled by her rabidly pro-free market ideology”

Until she has to collect unemployment checks while campaigning that is…

southmauldin January 22, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I think she was brilliant – having the government pay her to give speeches about how bad the government is. Typical grifter like the Haley clan.

I Would! January 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Cruz better be banging her!

Manray9 January 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Just a bunch of old horn dogs.

Use it or lose it January 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

So what, are you a eunuch?

FastEddy23 January 25, 2015 at 11:43 pm

Count me in that number.

vicupstate January 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm

When I saw the picture before reading the story, I thought “why would Katy Perry endorse Ted Cruz?’

Dan Ruck January 22, 2015 at 4:48 pm

Cruz should stand behind her while speaking so folks don’t have to his ugly mug.

Dan Ruck January 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm

don’t have to look at his ugly mug

David Allan Kappeler January 22, 2015 at 8:01 pm

I volunteered many hours on Katrina Pierson’s congressional campaign last year and she was always professional, and very personal to everybody she met!

The Enquirer January 23, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Did she have you deposit her unemployment checks for her?

Sailor January 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm

Will, it isn’t polite to drool in public.

Chuck Norton January 23, 2015 at 11:07 am

Actually, most TEA Party leaders are women, not old white men.

TyroneMamaCollards January 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Beauty is only skin deep. It’s what’s inside that counts.

Ed January 23, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Overflow crowd of hundreds. All I need to know about that.

FastEddy23 January 25, 2015 at 11:40 pm

What ethnicity? Looks like a peach to me.

EjixArmstrong January 28, 2015 at 3:42 am

Katrina Pierson brand of politics is bland -lots of smoke but no fire. Her coming can be likened to forecasted rain in the desert, gets everyone excited but the rain never really touches the ground. The media is fond of creating larger than life impressions of flavors of the moment, but soon they fizzle like oil on a hot pan. Just my 2 cents.


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