Cruz fundraises off Boehner's 'Lucifer' attack

Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE is fundraising off an attack this week from former Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio), who called the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh."

Cruz sent an email to supporters linking the criticism from BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE to his pick of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate, arguing opponents were going into "panic mode."

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"And who did they turn to to lead the attacks? None other than former Speaker of the House and Washington Cartel ringleader, John Boehner!" Cruz wrote.

"Apparently John Boehner is now leading an effort to maintain the status quo and just announced his opposition to me and Carly stating: 'Over my dead body will he be President,' " Cruz added.

Cruz, who is battling front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE to appeal as the outsider candidate, on Thursday welcomed the harsh criticism from Boehner and alluded to the former Speaker being disliked by conservatives.

“I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life," Boehner said at a Stanford University event.

"Coming from the godfather of the Washington Cartel, that is a ringing endorsement!" Cruz wrote in his email to supporters.
 
Cruz and Boehner clashed during battles with the Obama administration, including a push helmed by Cruz in 2013 to defund ObamaCare that eventually led to a government shutdown that damaged the party politically.
 
For his part, Cruz has attempted to tie the criticism of Boehner to his Republican rival Trump, saying Thursday of Boehner's remarks, "he allowed his inner Trump to come out."