One might expect the majority of a junior Senator’s time to be spent building a relationship with constituents in their home state or hard at work in Washington, proving their ability to represent their residents’ needs. Not so for Senator Ted Cruz. This week, Cruz made his third trip to New Hampshire, a key state for presidential primaries. If it seems like putting the cart before the horse, that is only if you misinterpret Cruz’ intentions as a senator.
For Ted Cruz, the Lone Star State was just a stepping stone to his turn in the national spotlight. Though he owes his new found fame and questionable influence to the people of Texas, it is clear that he is no longer invested in engaging with voters from the state.
Since his election in 2012, Cruz has been quite busy visiting states that are key for presidential candidates. He has been to Iowa four times, and has taken three trips to both South Carolina and New Hampshire. Cruz has spent barely two years as a federal representative for Texas, but he is already focused on his next goal: the presidency.
When Cruz does visit the state he purportedly represents, it is to meet with conservative supporters or to reassure voters in the Rio Grande Valley that immigration shouldn’t be their main concern – instead, they should be worried about the evils of Obamacare. Immigration is an issue important to many Texans. One simply needs to watch any ad from the Republican statewide primary and runoff races to see how central this issue is to voters in Cruz’ own base. Yet, Cruz stood in the way of a Republican attempt to address immigration reform when he had the opportunity to move the conversation forward.
When in New Hampshire for the third time this weekend, the senator sat down for a visit with former Governor John H. Sununu, who described the visit as “…a ‘glad to meet you’ kind of thing, and if he in the end comes back to New Hampshire, he knows he has a place he can stop by for a free cup of coffee.”
There are plenty of Texans who deserve Cruz’ attention, and issues that need his support. As Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia issued the following statement:
Senator, you’re going to need a lot of cups of coffee to mend all your broken relationships with members of the Republican Party establishment. But you’ve also got some fences to mend at home with Texas voters, you know we like cafe con leche too. I’m sure those bonus miles from all your flights to Iowa, Nebraska, and New England have started to add up. Maybe you can cash them in for a free ticket home to Texas?
Unfortunately, Cruz actions speak louder than his words in his support for Texas. It is clear that, for Cruz, Texas comes second to his presidential aspirations.