Chamber President: Maybe Ted Cruz Could Sit Down And Shut Up

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October 21, 2013 6:30 a.m.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue suggested Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) should reconsider his role as congressional troublemaker.

At a breakfast meeting with reporters in Washington, sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Donohue responded to an initial question about Cruz and his growing influence within the Republican Party by saying the Chamber would look for ways to work with him. A reporter followed up by noting that the conventional wisdom is that the business community wants the Texas senator “to sit down and shut up.”

“Well, that might be one thing we can work on,” Donohue quipped.

“I sort of think of him as a tennis player,” he had said earlier. “If you’re going to rush the net all the time, you better have a lot of motion to the left and the right, and he hasn’t proved that to me yet.”

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