Houston Chronicle Expresses Regrets For Endorsing Cruz

AP

The editorial page of the Houston Chronicle expressed some buyer’s remorse on Tuesday for endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in last year’s election.

In the editorial, the Chronicle lamented that Cruz did not take after his predecessor, former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

“When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator,” the editorial read. “Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”

After defeating Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) in a GOP primary last summer, Cruz won the general election over by a comfortable margin over Democrat Paul Sadler.

Cruz has emerged as one of the most visible senators in only his first year in office, winning praise from many conservatives while infuriating long-serving Republicans. His push to defund the Affordable Care Act led to the impasse over the budget and the debt limit. 

 

h/t Think Progress

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