David Yates Feb. 18, 2014, 5:23pm

AUSTIN (Legal Newsline) - Senator Ted Cruz sent Chief Justice Nathan Hecht the best valentine he could Friday, his endorsement for Hecht's campaign for re-election to the Texas Supreme Court.

"Senator Cruz has been outspoken in advocating that the U.S. Constitution should be America's guidepost," Hecht said in a press release of the Texas Republican.

"When Senator Cruz was Solicitor General of Texas, he saw the Texas Supreme Court first-hand in many cases. Because he has had a unique opportunity to watch the court at work, I am especially honored that he has expressed confidence in me as chief justice."

In his endorsement of Hecht, Cruz said the justice "is a strong principled conservative, with a deep passion for our Constitution. For decades, Chief Justice Hecht has led the judicial conservatives on the Texas Supreme Court, and I'm proud to endorse him."

In the March primary, Hecht will square off against former state Rep. Robert E. Talton.

"As a Justice for many years, and now as chief justice, I have worked to help ensure that the Supreme Court's decisions are fair and in the mainstream of American law," Hecht said.

"I am privileged to lead a Court that is respected for its commitment to the rule of law and access to justice for all."

Texas voters can vote in the Republican Primary starting on Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 28.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com.

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