Washington (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz will visit New Hampshire later this week to help the Republican Party raise money, but the Texas senator has declined an invitation to appear at an event this fall for a prominent Granite State social conservative organization.
Cornerstone Action had asked Cruz in May to speak at the organization's annual fundraising dinner, and praised him for his positions on social issues and education. But Cruz's office informed Cornerstone Tuesday morning the senator would not be able to make it because of a scheduling conflict.
"We are very disappointed that the senator has decided not to attend," said Ashley Pratte, executive director of Cornerstone Action. "We are in the process of confirming a speaker and we are in touch with other influential conservative leaders."
Cruz, who is in Texas on Tuesday evening to headline an event designed to ratchet up pressure on Congress to defund Obamacare, has consistently been in the headlines for his willingness to take on the White House and even members of his own party - as well as blatantly flirt with the prospect of running for president. Cruz has already attended political events in the early nominating states of Iowa and South Carolina.
Cornerstone describes its mission as "preserving New Hampshire's traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information, and advocacy." In recent years, the Cornerstone dinner has served as a venue for GOP presidential candidates such as Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum and businessman Herman Cain.