"Band of Brothers" Pulls Strings for Cruz Campaign

The establishment nearly always wins in Texas politics, so Jason Johnson, a longtime Republican consultant, said he thought it would be next to impossible to stop a powerful and wealthy lieutenant governor who would never run out of money or friends.

But when Johnson stumbled into a cab last week during the state Republican convention in Fort Worth, he knew his candidate for the U.S. Senate had crossed a legitimacy threshold he could not have envisioned even a few weeks ago.

The taxi driver, neither a native English speaker nor a political junkie, turned to Johnson and asked him ...

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