Highway hypocrisy embarrasses Ted Cruz
In recent months, various Republicans in Congress have attempted to give credit to infrastructure projects they voted against, hoping voters wouldn’t tell the difference. However, leave it to Sen. Ted Cruz to provide us with a classic of the genre.
Last week, the Texas Republican published this tweet, which read: “The Ports to Plains Highway will extend from Laredo to North Dakota and Canada. This project will bring jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state. A great bipartisan victory!”
The news came alongside a video of the GOP senator telling KAMC-TV in Lubbock with great enthusiasm about the project, the years of hard work that went into it and how proud he was of his House victory:
“We did the hard work of bringing Democrats and Republicans together, and we’ve now named I-27, the Ports-to-Plains [highway]to run from Laredo all the way north through Lubbock to Canada. That’s going to create jobs, a $55 billion project, you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of jobs. You speak of an additional GDP of tens of billions of dollars for the state of Texas. And it’s a great bipartisan victory for the state of Texas.”
Sounds good right? When senators deliver for their constituents, it stands to reason that they brag about it to local news outlets. What Cruz failed to mention, however, was that he had voted against the bill. The Hill reported:
Cruz and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) introduced a bipartisan amendment to an omnibus law passed earlier this year that designated part of the Ports-to-Plains corridor as a future addition to the country’s interstate highway system. The Texas Republican supported the change but ultimately voted against the sweeping $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package when the Senate voted fully on the legislation.
Indeed, as it turns out, in the same on-air appearance on local ABC affiliate, specifically Ryan Chandler asked the senator why he had voted against the law he had recently boasted about. Cruz explained that while he supported his priority, the legislation contained other measures, so his objections were skipped.
This part of the interview was left out of Cruz’s public relations effort. Imagine.
Is it any wonder that even the White House is bugging the senator about the contradiction?