10 Things You Might Not Know About Sen. Ted Cruz
By Adam McCully
1. He’s the man that stood on the Senate floor and spoke for 21-hours in opposition of Obamacare. He’s the man who many are calling “the main culprit behind the Government Shutdown”. He’s Senator Ted Cruz (R), from Texas, and here are ten things you might not know about him.
2. First Hispanic Solicitor General elected in Texas and the youngest solicitor general elected in the United States. “Just what the heck is a Solicitor General?” You may ask. You can read all about it here.
3. Law Professor at University of Texas, School of Law where he taught Supreme Court Litigation from 2004-2009. His 21-hour lecture left many of his students scarred for life.
4. Born in Canada; Calgary, Alberta to be exact. Kind of ironic, eh?
5. His father was born in Cuba, and fought for Fidel Castro at the age of fourteen. There’s nothing funny about this, it’s just a fact.
6. He keeps a large oil painting in his office depicting the first time he argued in front of the Supreme Court. Interesting note, I recently commissioned an artist to paint a large oil painting depicting one of my recent achievements; the first time I used the bathroom all by myself.
7. During his teenage years, Senator Cruz was the headliner of a traveling troupe called the Constitutional Corroborators, who memorized and recited the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for crowds around Texas. This is kind of like being the lead singer of a rock band, without the popularity, groupies, or tattoos of course.
8. He typically wears a pair of cowboy boots – which he dubs his “argument boots” – during his time in office. During his time at home he wears a different pair of cowboy boots, which he calls his “whatever you say, Sweetie” boots.
9. During his 21-hour filibuster, Ted Cruz quotes Ashton Kutcher, Dr. Seuss, and Duck Dynasty. In addition he referenced The Shining, Psycho, and Star Wars. While some may call this immature, a waste of time, or even utterly ridiculous, I personally would like to commend the Senator on his taste in cinema.
10. During his time at Harvard, Senator Cruz worked on three different periodicals, The Harvard Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Harvard Latino Law Review. He also writes for Mad Magazine under the pseudonym, I.C. Wiener.
11. His wife, Heidi Cruz, is a former investment banker and currently works for a division of Goldman, Sachs, & Co. I hear she gives Teddy a pretty fair allowance, but only if he does all his chores and keeps his room nice and clean.
Say what you want about Senator Ted Cruz, the man sticks by his guns (and gun laws). Despite the fact that he’s been ridiculed by the media, shunned by his fellow Senators, and is generally considered the main cause of the Government Shutdown, he refuses to apologize for his actions claiming,
“I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare. The test that matters. . . is are we doing anything for all the people that are getting hurt from Obamacare?”
What do you think? Is Senator Cruz a good “voice of the people”? Was his 21-hour filibuster justified, or a giant waste of time? Was a government shutdown the proper course of action? I’m interested to hear what you think. Post your comments below and let me hear your thoughts on Senator Cruz and this whole ordeal.