Tea Party backed Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has made a big splash in Washington and the establishment on both sides of the aisle are fit to be tied with the new senator. However, it's the people of Texas that are cheering Cruz on as he looks to take Washington by the horns.
"My view is simple: Washington is a rough-and-tumble place. If folks want to attack me personally, they're welcome to it," Cruz said during a visit to a Houston lumber wholesaler. "Texans elected a senator to go to Washington and speak the truth."
In just seven weeks on the job, the insurgent Republican elected with the tea party's backing and bankroll has run afoul of GOP mainstays, prompted Democrats to compare his style to McCarthyism and has voted against nearly everything of significance that came before him.
His approach was unusual for a freshman in Washington, and its effectiveness long-term far from certain, but the reaction at home so far is effusive.
Other Texas politicians are celebrating him, and supporters have turned his constituent visits during the congressional recess into revivals. On Twitter, Texas' popular attorney general Greg Abbott, a rumored candidate for governor next year, is among those beaming about the "Cruz Missile."
Cruz was the only Tea Party candidate to win a seat in the Senate in the 2012 election. After overcoming an establishment favorite in the Texas primary, he's made good on his promises to shake things up in Washington and adhere to conservative principles. So far, he's demonstrated that he is uncompromising on those issues.
Cruz was clearly hard on Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel and he was only one of three votes against Senator John Kerry being confirmed to the post of Secretary of State. The others were Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
Cruz recently toured Texas and stopped at Lodge Lumber, a Houston lumber yard, and La Rue Tactical in Leander which manufacturers AR-15 rifles. He was met with signs that read, "Ted Cruz Rocks!" and even Lodge Lumber owner John Lodge extolled Cruz. "He gets with them. He's gotten down to business," Lodge said. "He's the man."
But this isn't all. Cruz candidly told CBN's David Brody that President Obama is, "the most radical president we’ve ever seen.” But he also adds that when it comes to our current economic troubles, “an awful lot of Republicans, failed to stand for principle and contributed to getting us in this mess.”
By many, even in his own party, he is considered a trouble maker. As for the people of Texas, I think they view him as sort of a hero. This writer thinks we need a bit more "trouble makers" like Ted Cruz in Washington.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.