07/24/2012 06:11 pm ET Updated Jul 25, 2012

Pro-David Dewhurst Super PAC Blames Opponent For Teen's Suicide

In a devastating new ad, a super PAC allied with GOP Senate candidate David Dewhurst accuses his primary opponent, Ted Cruz, of helping contribute to the suicide of a Pennsylvania teenager.

Cruz, a former solicitor general of Texas, has worked privately in recent months on behalf of a Pennsylvania juvenile prison developer involved in the "kids for cash" judicial corruption scandal, as The Dallas Morning News reported. In January, Cruz appeared in court to appeal a prior decision that dismissed a claim the prison developer Robert Mericle and his company brought against Travelers Property Casualty Co.; Mericle had asked that Travelers pay for all the legal fees and damages that resulted from his bribery of local judges to dole out harsh sentences that sent young kids to his company's for-profit juvenile detention facility.

In the ad, which comes from the Texas Conservatives Fund, Sandy Fonzo says her son shot himself in the heart after returning from the jail. She blasts Cruz for defending Mericle.

"Ted Cruz should be absolutely ashamed of himself," she says. "I don't know how he can sleep at night."

The Cruz campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment by the Daily Caller.

The attack ad comes on the heels of what the Associated Press called the "most-confrontational debate" yet in the race to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.).

The primary will be held on July 31, although early voting has already begun.

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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's last name was misspelled. We regret the error.