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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. (Photo by Gage Skidmore.)

Princeton club votes to strip Ted Cruz of prestigious award

By David Wildstein, March 05 2021 8:11 pm

A Princeton University group founded 256 years ago by James Madison and Aaron Burr voted on Thursday to rescind an award to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Daily Princetonian reported.

The group, the American Whig-Clio Society, voted 37-32 to withdraw their James Madison Award for Distinguished Service in protest of Cruz’s objection to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results that led to an insurrection.

Cruz is a 1992 graduate of Princeton.  As a member of the College Republicans, Cruz was a volunteer for New Jersey legislative races in the 14th and 15th districts, where Democratic incumbents were defeated in a GOP landslide after Gov. James Florio increased taxes by $1.8 billion.

The only losing campaign Cruz worked on that year was for Channel Wilkins.  He narrowly lost to Assemblyman John Watson (D-Trenton), the father of Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing).

The vote of the membership is just the first step to taking the prestigious award away from the U.S. Senator from Texas.  The matter will be decided by the Board of Trustees of the Whig-Clio Society, the oldest collegiate debate and political union in the nation.

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