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GOP Senator Ted Cruz has lashed out at billboard images in his own state of Texas that have called for his resignation, in wake of the 6 January attacks on the Capitol.
The move is a particular stinger given that the campaign has come from a Republican group within the state.
Several signs have been put around Texas as part of a drive to get Cruz to resign by the Republican Accountability Project (RAP), which includes former GOP officials who came together after the riots.
The billboards read: "You lied about the election. The Capitol was attacked. Sen. Cruz: Resign." They have appeared in San Antonio, Dallas-Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and Austin.
Cruz isn't the only Republican senator under fire in wake of the events leading up to President Joe Biden's inauguration, but as one of the senior party members who've continued to flame the war of words with the Democrats, he's among the most visible, and the RAP have claimed a further 20 anti-Cruz billboards will go up across Texas next week.
In response, a media statement has been provided to Newsweek by Cruz's spokesperson, Maria Jeffrey Reynolds.
She said: "The left - and some grifters on the right - are consumed by partisan anger and rage. Sen. Cruz will continue to work for 29 million Texans in the Senate."
The billboard campaign is costing an estimated $1 million and, as well as Cruz, the RAP are targeting other GOP lawmakers who voted after the Capitol insurrection to reject the Electoral College vote confirming Joe Biden as President.
Other names include Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, Florida representative Matt Gaetz, and Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Greene is under increasing scrutiny anyway for her support of conspiracy theories and the Democratic Party are keen for her to be stripped of committee duties.
As part of the Defending Democracy Together group, the RAP is also supporting those Republicans who choose to vote to impeach Donald Trump in his forthcoming trial.
While trying to distract himself from a concerted campaign to get him to leave his position, Cruz has been duelling with movie stars, including the actor Cary Elwes - lead in his self-confessed favourite film The Princess Bride.
After admitting he was a super-fan in a podcast, Cruz received a tweet from the 58-year-old, who played Westley, asking: "How does it feel to know that not only the entire cast and crew of your favorite movie The Princess Bride, but almost the whole entertainment industry, have nothing but rabid contempt for you? #inconceivable? I think not, you miserable ROUS."
Cruz replied with an image of a picture Elwes had previously signed for him, and wrote: "Does this mean you want your picture back?"
Seth Rogan has also recently attacked Cruz, after the senator said that Avengers: Endgame's depiction of Thanos suggested Hollywood conveyed so-called leftist messaging that 'people are a disease'.
"Let's not focus on the fact that @tedcruz doesn't understand movies and focus more on the fact that he inspired a deadly insurrection by perpetuating lies about mass voter fraud," Rogen wrote on Twitter.
Featured Image Credit: Republican Accountability Project
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