DALLAS - Anyone watching television from now until Tuesday in Texas won't be able to miss them: political ads in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff between Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

The campaigns are airing ads, but so are groups called super PACs, which run independently from the candidates.

One of them, the Texas Conservatives Fund, which supports Dewhurst, runs an ad attacking Cruz's representation of a controversial client.

Some of the claims are true, but some are misleading.

The Texas Conservatives Fund ad features the emotional testimonial of a Pennsylvania mother, Sandy Fonzo, whose teenage son got in trouble with the law.

Corrupt judges put my son in a for-profit juvenile detention center to make millions of dollars, she says in the ad.

That's true.

Her son, who later committed suicide, was among juveniles ordered to privately-run detention centers by two judges convicted of accepting kickbacks from the builder of the centers.

Ted Cruz had nothing to do with the criminal cases.

He later represented the builder in the appeal of a civil court ruling that the builder's insurance company didn't have to pay damages rising from the criminal case.

Ted Cruz says that his client should not have to pay -- that the IRS was the victim, and not the kids here, Fonzo says in the ad.

That's true, since technically, the builder pleaded guilty for not reporting tax fraud.

But the ad is misleading by implying Cruz is connected to the criminal case that ended before his involvement.

Ted Cruz should be absolutely ashamed of himself, Fonzo concludes in the ad.

Not so fast.

Even Dewhurst agrees everyone deserves a lawyer in court, and Cruz is entitled to make a living. But as Cruz touts conservative causes he's proudly represented in court, this super PAC ad cites a controversial case he hasn't mentioned, which is also part of his record.

GOP runoff voters Tuesday will get to judge.


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