Sen. Ted Cruz, the controversy-courting, Tea Party-backed conservative from Texas who is starting to get mentioned as a potential 2016 contender even though he has only been in office since January, will headline the state GOP’s annual dinner in New York City next month.

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The $1,000-a-head event will be held on May 29 at the Grand Hyatt. (That’s actually the entry-level ticket cost; $5,000 gets attendees a photo-op, and $10,000 buys two photo-ops plus two tables of 10).

Cruz was most recently in the news for threatening, along with his Kentucky colleague Sen. Rand Paul and Utah Sen. Mike Lee to filibuster the gun control bill. The filibuster failued, but so did the bill, much to the consternation of New York’s senior senator Sen. Chuck Schumer, who was instrumental in putting the bipartisan measure together.

Cruz is a good headliner for state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, since he’s the sort of red meat-throwing speaker that the grassroots of the party tends to like, and since he has been in the news lately, he might help generate interest and sell tickets.

Given the fact that New York was the first state in the nation to pass a gun control bill (the controversial SAFE Act) in the wake of the Newtown massacre and is headed by a Democratic governor who is also mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate, I imagine Cruz will have plenty to talk about.

NOTE: I have to give an H/T to POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman, who had this item first. Also, Reid Pillifant notes Cruz voted “no” on Sandy aid, which I imagine might not make him so popular among some New York Republicans.