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Sarasota GOP to honor Ted Cruz to be honored as 'Statesman of the Year'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

Associated Press

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas

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January

The Sarasota GOP has named Sen. Ted Cruz as its "Statesman of the Year" and will honor him on Feb. 20, according to a release.

Cruz, among the possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, follows past recipients Sean Hannity, Donald Trump and Haley Barbour.

Cruz led the defund Obamacare effort that resulted in the government shutdown, growing his national reputation, good and bad. Among conservative activists he's the next big thing, replacing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whose involvement in immigration reform has hurt him with the base.

Cruz electrified an Americans for Prosperity crowd in Orlando in August.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:55pm]

    

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