Newly elected junior Senator Ted Cruz is really shaking things up in Washington. He campaigned on a promise to do just that and he has easily fulfilled that promise, even though he has been in Washington for less than two months. In the United States Senate, things are supposed to be genial and comfortable, or so says the status quo. Ted Cruz is not playing along and some of his fellow Senators aren’t so happy about his unwillingness to go along, just to get along. I would contend that’s maybe what we need in Washington, someone who will see what needs to be done and follow through, no matter whose feathers are ruffled along the way.
(Fox News) Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has earned a few nicknames in the brief seven weeks he’s been in Congress – including the unflattering “Senator No.” But nobody can say the freshman senator has broken his campaign promise to shake up Washington upon arrival.
The Tea Party-backed candidate has so far made good on vows to be combative and uncompromising in his adherence to conservative principles.
The 42-year-old Cruz has already voted against Senate rule changes to modestly curb filibusters, aid for Superstorm Sandy victims and the Violence Against Women Act.
He also was one of only three “no” votes against Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s nomination to be secretary of State. And he publicly skewered President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel.
All of that has helped Cruz earn such nicknames as “Cruz Missile,” “Senator No” and even “The GOP’s Nasty Newcomer.”
He also was featured in the past few weeks by Politico and The New York Times.
Senior Texas Sen. John Cornyn and voters across the state have praised Cruz for his brashness and sticking to his principles.
“He’s been a terrific partner,” Cornyn said. “What he’s finding is there’s a lot of critics in Washington when you try to change the status quo.”
At a stop last week at Lodge Lumber, in Houston, owner John Lodge said Cruz seems like the first elected official in a long while who is on his side.
I would contend that Senator Ted Cruz is following a path that was blazed by other Senators, such as Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, both from Oklahoma. Neither man has followed the genial path through the Senate, with Dr. Tom Coburn earning the nickname of “Dr. No”. In a chamber filled with overblown egos on both sides of the political spectrum, maybe it’s time we had more than a few men and women who went to Washington and represented their states and the people who elected them, instead of stroking their own ego because they managed to spend enough money to become a United States Senator.
If you want to read more about Senator Ted Cruz, from someone who is from Texas and knows his background, I suggest you visit Texas Fred. He is more than a little familiar with Ted Cruz and can tell you more about him, than can I.