- The endorsement comes a day after Rep. Steve King backed Cruz
- Thomas praised Cruz's often confrontational relationship with establishment political figures
Washington (CNN)Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has courted another notable conservative.
The Cruz campaign announced Tuesday the endorsement of Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a high-profile conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
"He's distinguishing himself as somebody who can make things happen and excite the country to bring us back on course," Thomas said in a video announcing her endorsement.
Thomas praised Cruz's often confrontational relationship with establishment political figures, saying, "Ted Cruz has got the scars to show he has tangled with the top Republican leaders and Democrat leaders in town."
Her endorsement came a day after Rep. Steve King, another favorite among conservatives, backed Cruz's bid for the Republican nomination.
Cruz is no stranger to the Supreme Court. He served as a clerk for former Chief Justice William Rehnquist and as solicitor general of Texas, where he argued cases before the court.