From Fox News:
Texas ‘Cruz Missile’ — Senator standing by his principles, ready to take the heat
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.
He’s gotten down to business,” Lodge said. “He’s the man.”
However, Cruz’s actions have also resulted in sharp criticism from both parties.
Republicans worry about whether the Cuban-American lawmaker, whose father was tortured in Castro’s Cuba, went too far by challenging Hagel’s integrity and if he will spoil their efforts to reach out more to Hispanic voters.
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