Houston Chronicle Pulls Ted Cruz Endorsement Hours Before Debt Deadline

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Hours ahead of a national debt default, the largest newspaper in Texas pulled its endorsement of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Sixteen days after the government shut began the Houston Chronicle is pining for the days of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who was succeeded by Cruz in January.

“Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison?” The Houston Chronicle’s asks in a Tuesday op-ed. “One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate.”

“For one thing, Hutchison had an unswerving commitment to the highest and best interests of Texas at all times,” the Chronicle wrote.

The newspaper said it endorsed Cruz in the November general election, but with hesitancy.

“When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November's general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation - that he follow Hutchison's example in his conduct as a senator,” the op-ed said. “Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”

The Chronicle says Hutchison advocated for NASA, the Port of Houston, the oil industry, and even smaller cities and towns as much as Dallas and San Antonio.

“We feel certain she would have worked shoulder to shoulder with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, in crafting a workable solution that likely would have avoided the government shutdown altogether,” the Chronicle wrote.

Sources: Houston Chronicle, Think Progress