Texas Senate candidate swipes at Cruz feud with Ron Perlman: 'I handle my own fights'
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MJ Hegar, one of two Democrats vying to challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynThree pros and three cons to Biden picking Harris The Hill's 12:30 Report - Speculation over Biden's running mate announcement Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE (R-Texas) in November, took a veiled swipe at Cornyn's fellow Texas senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzRussian news agency pushed video of Portland protestors burning a Bible: report After trillions in tax cuts for the rich, Republicans refuse to help struggling Americans Davis: The Hall of Shame for GOP senators who remain silent on Donald Trump MORE’s (R) war of words with actor Ron Perlman in a tweet Monday afternoon.

“Hey Texas, just want to let you know, if you make me your US senator... I handle my own fights,” Hegar, a former Air Force pilot, tweeted Monday, including a photo of herself lifting weights.

The tweet does not mention Cruz by name but comes the same day Cruz, responding to a heated back-and-forth between “Sons of Anarchy” star Perlman and Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid Gaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill MORE (R-Fla.), challenged Perlman to wrestle Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanWorld's most trafficked mammal gives Trump new way to hit China on COVID-19 The 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing MORE (R-Ohio) for charity.

Perlman fired back by offering to wrestle Cruz himself, saying “mentioning jim jordan and wrestling is... problematic,” an apparent reference to eight former Ohio State University wrestlers’ allegations that Jordan, then an assistant coach, knew of and failed to act on sexual abuse by team physician Richard Strauss. Jordan has denied the allegations.

Hegar, who narrowly lost in her 2018 challenge to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterDonna Imam wins Democratic runoff to face Rep. John Carter House panel advances bill banning construction on bases with Confederate names Democrats see victory in Trump culture war MORE (R-Texas), will face off against state Sen. Royce West (D) in a July 14 runoff, with the winner challenging Cornyn in November.