After railing against it, Republican presidential candidate hopeful and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) missed the Loretta Lynch confirmation vote on Thursday because apparently he flew back to Texas for a Dallas fundraiser for himself, hosted by investor Tom Hicks.
Cruz likes to talk a big game, blaming his fellow Republicans for things that he himself can’t even be bothered to show up for. The Republican Senator from Texas said, “The Republican majority, if it so chose, could defeat this nomination. But the Republican majority has chosen to go forward and allow Loretta Lynch to be confirmed.”
Then he apparently put on a big swagger about how Republicans would have to explain their vote back home, a problem Cruz rarely has since he so rarely shows up to vote. From The Hill again:
Cruz also suggested that Republicans who supported Lynch would have to explain their votes back in their home states.
“I would note there are a few voters back home that are asking what exactly is the difference between a Democratic and Republican majority,” he said. “That’s a question each of us will have to answer to our constituents back home.”
Senator Cruz ranks 97th in the first three months of 2015 in showing up for votes. He has missed the majority of committee hearings, Fox Latino pointed out. And it gets worse:
According to a report from Politico late last month, Cruz missed out on discussions about Afghanistan, the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay, spending cuts, military readiness and the appropriate level of compensation for the troops.
Cruz was also the only senator absent on Wednesday when the Senate voted 99-0 to pass a compromise human trafficking bill that ended a contentious fight over federal abortion funding restrictions that had stalled the confirmation vote on attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch.
This is so Ted Cruz. Cruz puts on a great show, condemning his fellow Republicans and lambasting Democrats. But in reality, he isn’t doing much except enriching Ted Cruz. Just like he did when he shut down the government and left the taxpayers holding the resulting cost.
The good thing for Cruz is he hardly ever votes on anything, so he hardly has an actual record. It’s all about his inflammatory rhetoric. He can say whatever he wants, he doesn’t need to worry about backing it up with action let alone reality – because he is never dealing with the consequences of what he says.
Cruz leaves that dirty work to his fellow senators from both sides of the aisle. He’s very busy cashing in.
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