Ted Cruz isn't very popular nationally, or within the Republican party, but there's one place that has so far stood by him through this very difficult, profitable time for the junior Senator. He's doing just fine back in his pseudo-home state of Texas. (Let's not forget that he is Canadian after all.)
Cruz and his followers led the Republican Party into a 16 day government shutdown that nearly forced the country to breach the debt ceiling, default on its loans, something that by all accounts would have decimated the world economy. As a result, Republican approval ratings across the board are in the basement. Cruz is especially unpopular with the country as a whole. The Republican establishment also kind of hates him. But Cruz also made a million bucks off this mess, and despite his other economic shortcomings, the support for Cruz in Texas hasn't wavered.
"I was proud of him," Bruce Labay, a 55-year-old oil business man, told The New York Times. "I wish they would have held firm, and we’d still be shut down." The Times found many of his fellows Texans, especially the Republicans, appreciate Cruz's Washington wrangling:
“For a lot of us, this was refreshing,” said Mike Gibson, chairman of the Republican Party in Fort Bend County in suburban Houston. “We had a politician who said what he was going to do and then did it. Most Texas Republicans have been tired of our elected officials talking tough in Texas and then going to Washington and going along.”
Of course, not everyone loves Ted Cruz in Texas. The vastly outnumbered Texas Democrats think he's a terrible, no good politician. The Houston Chronicle was openly having second thoughts about its 2012 Cruz endorsement to replace former 20-year Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Some Republicans want him gone, too. "I grit my teeth and bear it," said an anonymous Texas Republican, who is "prominent" within the party, according to the Times. "I really hope he implodes sooner rather than later."
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