by nathan oster
The father of a Republican presidential candidate and a 27-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency with inside knowledge of what really happened in Bengazi have been booked as two of the guest speakers for this year’s Big Horn Basin Tea Party picnic in Emblem.
The picnic is planned for Saturday, Aug. 15 at the Fallowfield Ranch owned by Rob DiLorenzo. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
DiLorenzo, one of the leaders of the Tea Party movement in the Big Horn Basin, said he’s excited about the lineup of guest speakers that have been booked. Last year, rocker Ted Nugent made an appearance, along with Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News contributor.
This year picnic attendees will hear from the following speakers:
- Pastor Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is a Republican candidate for president. Born and raised in Cuba, Rafael Cruz fought against the Communists in Cuba, was arrested there and tortured, according to profiles of him that have appeared online and in print. He fled the island in 1957 at age 18. He eventually settled in Texas and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2005.
Today Rafael Cruz is a pastor at a church in Dallas and leads Grace For America. He is also a professor Bible and Theology and the president of Kingdom Translation Services.
- Wayne Simmons, a former CIA officer. Recruited in 1973 while in the U.S. Navy, Simmons spent 27 years in the intelligence business with the CIA. He became part of an outside paramilitary special operations group where, in addition to working against narcoterrorists, he ran special operations against armed smugglers, counterfeiters, cyber-terrorists, and industrial and economic espionage. Simmons is a contributor to the conservative publication Human Events, and has been a terrorism analyst for the Fox News Channel since 2002.
- H. Leighton Steward, president and chairman of Plants Need CO2, a group founded in 2009 with the mission “to educate the public on the positive effects of additional atmospheric CO2 and help prevent the inadvertent negative impact to human, plant and animal life if we reduce CO2.”