Cruz endorse Skarlatos

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, poses for a photo with Republican congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos, in Houston, Texas in March. Their discussion led to Cruz endorsing Skarlatos.

Roseburg Republican Alek Skarlatos is winning more love from Texas in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had indicated last month he would endorse Skarlatos. Cruz has served as a senator since 2013, and made an unsuccessful run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Now, Skarlatos’ campaign has announced he has received a second Texas endorsement, from U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a former U.S. Navy Seal who joined the House of Representatives last year.

“I am honored to have received the endorsements of Senator Ted Cruz and United States Representative Dan Crenshaw because I share their commitment to uphold American values,” Skarlatos said in a written statement. “It’s critical that Oregon elects leaders who will fight for the people.”

Skarlatos is a former Army National Guardsman who became famous after he and two friends tackled a gunman who fired shots on a Paris-bound train. The event became the subject of the Clint Eastwood movie “The 15:17 to Paris,” in which Skarlatos starred.

Skarlatos has just one competitor in the May Republican primary, Eugene computer scientist and entrepreneur Nelson Ijih.

Two previous candidates for the Republican nomination dropped out to run for other seats.

Art Robinson of Cave Junction is now running for the state Senate seat currently held by Republican Senate leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., who is not running for reelection.

Jo Rae Perkins of Albany is now running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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An endorsement from Ted Cruz? LOL. Know a man by the company he keeps.


If it is Texas representatives endorsing him, maybe he ought to be running in Texas.


Oh good grief . . who gives a rat's a&& that Ted the other idiot from Texas endorses . . .


Well atleast the news review bothered to mention the "two friends" (they have names too ya know!) that were with him. Some of the other articles they don't mention them at all and people are led to believe he did everything himself.

Its interesting how everytime theres something bigger that overshadows him and people start to forget that all the sudden he pops back up in the media to make himself relevant again.

People forgot about his hero story, than he announces hes on dancing with the stars. Once no one cared about him once the UCC shooting happened, than he announces hes running for county commissioner. He lost the election for it and people forgot him again, than he announces hes running for senator. When hes overshadowed by the corona virus, than he pops back up in the media again.

We have nothing to worry about here folds. Pete has years of followers and backing. Someone like him almost never gets unseated unless they die or step down. Alek's hero story has no power outside of douglas county. Contrary to what all his followers and fans may believe, many people in Oregon have no knowledge of his hero story or who he even is. If he couldn't win a position in his own town where everyone knew him, its doubtful hes going to win a state position.


News Review & other media, please start focusing on the values and policies that will make him a good US Rep. I am really tired of hearing about his "star" status. I'm hopeful that he has more to offer than that, but starting to wonder?


I am concerned as well about his lack of involvement in local community groups, veteran groups and local government boards and committees that give persons management and leadership skills. Can we afford on the job training for the important job of governing? I appreciate his service, but have not seen any support given for veteran issues or veteran healthcare issues?

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