One of the biggest concerns I (Michelle Jesse) personally hear raised about Sen. Ted Cruz is the word on the street that his colleagues dislike him. Sen. Lindsay Graham recently quipped that if someone killed Ted Cruz on the Senate floor and the trial was in the Senate, no one would convict.
“If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, no one would convict you.” — Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) February 26, 2016
Of course, the reason behind the rumored dislike of Cruz can be interpreted multiple ways. Many point to it as a sign Cruz doesn’t get along well or collaborate well with others, while others see it as reinforcement that Cruz is willing to upset the status quo — which threatens colleagues who are more interested in protecting their own positions than doing what’s best for constituents. And is the reason many voters support Cruz as an “anti-establishment” candidate.
In any case, some might be surprised to learn that Cruz is expected to reveal several endorsements from fellow senators this week.
NRO – Ted Cruz’s colleagues may loathe him, but they seem to have found somebody else they dislike more. With the prospect of Donald Trump’s nomination looming over the GOP, Cruz is set to unveil endorsements from more than four senators this week, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.Until now, Cruz had failed to earn the endorsement of even a single Senate colleague, a fact Trump and other presidential rivals have been quick to use against the Texas freshman. But as many senators see Marco Rubio’s prospects dimming, some are beginning to make peace with Cruz, convinced that he’s the only candidate who can stop Trump. If Rubio can’t clinch his home state of Florida on March 15, yet more may come forward to back the devil they know.
The forthcoming endorsements are a sign that the members of the upper chamber are beginning to abandon their personal grievances in order to preserve the Republican party of old.
If reports prove to be true, and Sen. Cruz indeed receives endorsement from fellow Senators this week, does this suggest the party is beginning to coalesce around him as the strongest opponent to Trump?
In any case, it would be one more potential bolster for the recent momentum that seems to be gathering behind Cruz, coming off some big wins on Super Saturday.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]