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 CornynSenate GOP open to confirming Yellen to be Biden's Treasury secretary Biden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration MORE (R-Texas) in November, took a veiled swipe at Cornyn's fellow Texas senator Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump administration proceeds with rollback of bird protections despite objections | Trump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians | EU 2019 greenhouse gas emissions down 24 percent Trump's NATO ambassador pledges 'seamless' transition to Biden administration Potential 2024 Republicans flock to Georgia amid Senate runoffs 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) GaetzGaetz: Trump 'should pardon everyone' including himself to quash liberal 'bloodlust' Florida passes 850k coronavirus cases Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), challenged Perlman to wrestle Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on 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 CarterGOP's Carter fends off challenge in Texas Cook Political Report shifts 8 more House races toward Democrats Biden, Democrats see late opportunity in Texas MORE (R-Texas), will face off against state Sen. Royce West (D) in a July 14 runoff, with the winner challenging Cornyn in November.