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Good news, for a change: Intransigent Cubanazo from Texas stuns D.C.

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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.

Continue reading HERE.

17 comments to Good news, for a change: Intransigent Cubanazo from Texas stuns D.C.

  • Mr. Mojito

    Cruz / Rubio 2016 ???

    lol, we can dream I guess. Two 'GUSANOS' on one ticket? My Abuela would be smiling in heaven.

  • Honey

    Cruz may have been a Tea Party candidate, but do not forget that it was the Club for Growth that went out on a limb when it was early in the Republican primary and backed Cruz. The Club must get credit big time for this excellent senator.

  • Rayarena

    "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."

    Republicans worry that he went to far by challenging Hagel's integrity? Let me guess, is Jeff Flake the "republican" that is worried? Also, I'm a bit confused with the above statement, in one breath the article say Cruz may have gone too far by challenging Hagel's integrity and in the next breath that he will spoil their efforts to reachout more to Hispanic voters. It seems that they are implying that his critique of Hagel will cause them Hispanic voters. Really? Also, I don't think that Cruz won on the weight of the Hispanics that voted for him in Texas. Just because he and Rubio are Cuban-Americans should the weight of luring in so-called Hispanic voters fall on their shoulders. It's not going to him. When is the media going to realize this? I guess that everyone has been brainwashed into believing that there is such a thing as an all inclusive "latino," instead of different Spanish speaking nationalities with different histories, politics and desires.

  • Jewbana66

    If they're kicking you in the ass, then you must be in front!

  • asombra

    Republicans should be worried, but for different reasons. As for Hispanic voters, they're adults and should behave accordingly. If they're too stupid, weak or dysfunctional to figure out what's best for the country and for them, it's nobody's fault but theirs. They don't deserve special coddling; nobody does.

  • asombra

    Needless to say, Republicans won't go as far as challenging Obama's integrity.

  • asombra

    Cruz is a credit to "people of color" everywhere.

  • "Cruz is a credit to 'people of color' everywhere." Oye pero la verdad qu a este Asombra le encanta joder!

  • Jorge Ponce

    According to the referenced Fox News article, Senator Ted Cruz indicated that "Texans elected a senator to go to Washington and speak the truth." Truth is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as "the body of real things, events, and facts." So, when Senator Cruz insinuated that Chuck Hagel, nominee for Secretary of Defense, may have collected speaking fees from North Korea, he did not have the facts. Both, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) objected to Senator Cruz' behavior. Without the facts, I would have also objected to the Senator from Texas.

  • asombra

    Like Caesar's wife, the Defense Secretary MUST be above suspicion. If there was any suspicion of a North Korea connection, it needed to be addressed. Unless Cruz actually made a false accusation, I don't see a problem here.

  • asombra

    "People of color" was irony, you know. I should be invited me to address the Senate any time now.

  • asombra

    Just in case, I'm thinking of dressing funny to clinch the deal.

  • Carlos Eire

    Yeah, and make sure you have thin mustache too, the kind that looks as if it took you three hours to trim perfectly.

  • Plus (as usual) the article's wrong about Cuban history. Ted's father, Rafael, was not "tortured in Castro's Cuba." He was beaten up by Batista's police for being a Julio 26 terrorist and “throwing Molotov cocktails and blowing up buildings.” This from Ted Cruz himself:

    http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2011/10/ted-cruz-background-as-son-of.html/

  • asombra

    Sorry, Carlos. I'm not running around like John Waters. The idea is to look gauche, not sleazoid.