Ted Cruz Reorganizes Staff, Dallas GOP Scrambles to Find New Chairman

The week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Rhonda FanningAugust 5, 2016 12:43 pm

The first week of August is officially over, and that means it’s time to talk politics. Joining the Standard is Patrick Svitek from the Texas Tribune.

Today is Paul Teller’s last day as cheif of staff in Sen. Ted Cruz’s office – he will be replaced by David Polyansky.

“This was kind of expected,” Svitek says. “After the election, there’s (some) retooling of his political organization, of his senate office. Paul and some other Cruz people, it’s reported, are going to be working on a political organization that’s going to help him maintain his influence in the conservative movement going forward.”

Svitek says that while there aren’t many details, it seems there will be a “broader political apparatus” set up for Cruz.

Republicans are experiencing changes on a local level as well. After just two months serving as chairman of the Dallas County GOP, Mark Montgomery resigned.

“He cited personal reasons, but if you look at the financial disclosures and talk to party insiders, it was pretty clear he was in over his head – just not able to handle one of the key functions of the party, which was fundraising.”

A meeting has been scheduled for Aug. 18 where precinct chairs will select his replacement.

What you’ll hear in this segment: 

– Who might take Montgomery’s position as chairman

– More about the rift within the GOP in Dallas

– What’s going on with Republicans in Travis County