The man, who threatened to kill not just Sen. Ted Cruz, but all his family members, has reportedly been arrested. The Senator who fought Republican presidential primary against President Donald Trump and gave him the closest fight compared to any other Republican presidential hopeful has remained rather aloof from recent national developments. The threat seems to have brought Cruz out of self imposed political wilderness.
Reports suggest that the man has been identified by authorities as James Amos Headley. The 59-year old man was reportedly taken into custody when he admitted to the FBI agents that it was in fact he who left a threatening phone message for Ted Cruz.
46-year old Ted Cruz is among the senior-most Republican politicians. But he has been sidelined due to the fact that it was he who had given the stiffest fight to Trump.
46-year old Cruz who graduated from Princeton University, New Jersey, in 1992, and from Harvard Law School, Massachusetts, in 1995 served as Solicitor General of Texas, from 2003 to 2008, appointed by Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott. He was the first Hispanic, and the longest-serving, Solicitor General in Texas history. From 2004 to 2009, Cruz was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, where he taught U.S. Supreme Court litigation.
The senator ran for the Senate seat vacated by fellow Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison and, in July 2012, defeated Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst during the Republican primary runoff, 57–43%. He defeated former State Representative Paul Sadler in the November 2012 general election, winning 56–41%. In November 2012, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Meanwhile reports suggest that a message left July 11 on voicemail at the U.S. Capitol included a threat against the official as well as his family. “Pretty soon you’re gonna be runnin for your life, just hope your family is not with ya because I’m not gonna insult them, I’m gonna kill them, right after I shoot you right in front of them,” the message said.
The accused, who is all set to appear in the court tomorrow, lives near San Antonio in Universal City. He reportedly , admitted to FBI agents that he left the message, saying it happened after he mowed his yard and then went inside his house to rest and watch the news. The officials said that the accused was “upset with T.C.’s position on different policies and decided to call and leave a message demonstrating an intent to impede and intimidate a U.S. Official”. A Washington Times report claims that the accused is a professed Trump supporter.