Senate antagonist Cruz makes nice with campaign fundraisers


September 15, 2016 5:00AM (UTC)

CHICAGO (AP) — Longtime Senate troublemaker Ted Cruz is trying to make nice with some of his establishment colleagues, with peace offerings where it counts most: their campaign war chests.

Cruz is teaming up with fellow Texan and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn to host Houston and Dallas fundraisers next month. Invitations sent out Wednesday say the gatherings will benefit a coalition that's more traditional than the tea party-backed lawmakers who are Cruz's closest allies.

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Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are set to attend the events, both on Oct. 6. Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania will also benefit, though not attend.

The invitations ask attendees for donations between $1,000 and $10,000 each.


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