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by Sharon Rondeau

(May 8, 2016) — On Twitter on Sunday, former 2016 presidential Republican candidate Ted Cruz tweeted a four-minute video featuring his mother, Eleanor Darragh, and his wife Heidi, as a tribute on Mothers’ Day.

After months of receiving questions from voters about his parents’  backgrounds, careers, and citizenship, then suspending his campaign last Tuesday after Donald Trump excelled in the Indiana primary, Cruz provided a glimpse of his mother’s life as having been the first child of 17 siblings to go to college.

Eleanor Darragh was raised in Wilmington, DE “in a working-class family.”  Following her graduation from Rice University in Houston, she lived in England, Louisiana, Canada, and Texas.

While working in computer programming in Canada with her second husband, Ted’s father, Eleanor gave birth to Ted on December 22, 1970 in Calgary, Alberta.

Many have questioned whether or not Cruz is a “natural born Citizen,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution because of his birth outside the United States.  Some legal scholars do not see his foreign birth as a barrier because of his U.S.-citizen mother, while others preclude him from serving because of it.

“He had his nose in everything,” Eleanor says of her son, who graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Law School, served as Texas Solicitor General from 2003 to 2008, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.

A photo of a handsome, dark-haired woman, likely from the 1950s, is shown.  Eleanor was born on November 23, 1934 in Wilmington, DE.

Eleanor stated that her mother had wanted her to be able to obtain more education than she had, which Eleanor said was the tenth grade.  Cruz then described his mother’s father as “difficult” and believing that college was unnecessary.

Of his mother’s career, Cruz said, “She ended up getting a job at Shell as a computer programmer…talk about two industries – oil and gas and computer science –  neither one of them was very welcoming to women, and it’s one of the things I’ve always admired about her.”

With the camera switching back and forth, Eleanor is then pictured saying that she prays for her son’s “safety.”  “He was always an overachiever, but this is somewhat beyond that,” Eleanor said, although not specifying what “this” is.

“I always knew I was loved,” Cruz said, referring to his youth, and that he considered his mother “a confidante.”

To this writer’s knowledge, Eleanor appeared once with her son on the campaign trail but said very little, and has provided no formal interviews.  She tragically lost her first son, Michael, at the age of five months while living in the UK.

Eleanor and Cruz’s father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, were married in March 1969, reportedly in Canada, and divorced in February 1997 through the Harris County, TX court.

The video then turns to Heidi Cruz as the mother of the couple’s two young girls.  Heidi states that mothering is “multi-faceted” and that “the love of a mother sticks with them their whole life…”

Cruz, his wife and mother are then pictured together, and a photo of Cruz’s family on the wall is captured.  Cruz then expresses his gratitude for mothers for “helping us capture the future.”

“To the moms of the world, we love you,” Cruz said to conclude.

The video then shows Cruz’s campaign logo.

Update:  The Post & Email has found that the video discussed in this article was released in 2015.

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  1. Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed MUST be deported from the US Senate until he “shows his papers”!

    Cruz has a Canadian birth certificate. Cruz used the contemporary-changeable-convenient man-made laws of Canada in 2014 at age 44 to make his Canadian citizenship un-stick.

    Cruz is a licensed attorney in Texas and claims to support the originalist interpretation of the 1789 US Constitution. Cruz KNOWS he is ineligible to be a US Senator and a US President.

    Exactly like Barry Soetoro-Obama, Cruz is thoughtfully gambling, like ID Thief-in-Chief Barry Soetoro-Obama since 08-28-08, that our nation’s entire “POLITICALLY CORRUPT” governmental structure and his complicit “NO BORDERS” Senate buddies and his collapsed pimps-of-Lady-Justice “legal profession” WILL NEVER SEEK DISCOVERY OR SUBPOENAS FOR HIS OR BARRY’S COVERED-UP ID-FELONIES!



    Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed gambled that he could steal delegates from Trump to undermine the majority will of Trump primary voters.

    Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed gambled that Americans on Main Street USA are so stupid, so narcotized, so compromised that they would never have sufficient willpower to doggedly latch onto to his supportive ID-felony-legs like a junk yard dog AND NEVER LET GO!

    Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed now gambles that he can exploit “his” complicit delegates and the GOP bosses and his accumulated donor monies and popular American ignorance to pull off a stunning nomination win for himself at the GOP Convention. Watch, you’ll see.

    Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed is a “NO CITIZENSHIP BORDERS” ID-Thief exactly like Barry Soetoro-Obama, so, until each one is fully identified for some 320,000,000 ID-robbed American citizens, everything Obama and Cruz did/does inside the halls of America’s entire governmental structure REMAINS CONSTITUTIONALLY NULL AND VOID 08-28-08- TODAY!

    Arrest Lyin’ Ted the Undocumented Fed for lyin’ to Texas citizens in running as an undisclosed US Canadian-citizen-Senator and arrest the inside Texan ring of complicit oath-taking tax-taking pension-paid-off governmental “officials” who continue to cover-up their buddy, Lyin’ Ted.

  2. PS the above scenario sounds exactly what Gov. LePage of Maine was referring to when explaining the situation of his two Canadian born daughters who, he said, would never be able to run for president….and that he had researched it and knew for certain.

    If Cruz KNEW or SUSPECTED, he was NOT the right person for nominee but rather a Snake Oil Salesman trying to sell a bill of goods to well meaning citizens.

    That should be penalized in some manner.

  3. At Church pastor mentioned in a conversation that he was born in Mexico to an American mother and a Mexican dad who was a son of European immigrants. He had to become NATURALIZED as a US Citizen even with his American mom. He also had to sign off on his Mexican citizenship, though would now be able to become a dual national.

    So why must a boy born in a one foreign country to an American mom have to be NATURALIZED while another says he was NATURAL, Automatically a citizen?

    Perhaps someone is playing to the ambiguity and hoping nobody notices. Isn’t JUSTICE supposed to be “blind” or does Canada have a special status that we never heard of?

    If Cruz’s mom calls him an “overachiever” perhaps he is also an “overreacher.”