The Houston Chronicle endorsed Ted Cruz, George W. Bush, and Mitt Romney in past elections. Now their editorial board has turned a new leaf and endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke:
“The West Texas congressman’s command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and his eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in many years. Despite the long odds he faces – pollster nonpareil Nate Silver gives O’Rourke a 20 percent chance of winning – a “Beto” victory would be good for Texas, not only because of his skills, both personal and political, but also because of the manifest inadequacies of the man he would replace.”
The Chronicle noted that they endorsed O’Rourke’s opponent, Ted Cruz, for Senate in 2012, but he hasn’t lived up to their expectations. “Exhibiting little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office, he has kept his eyes on a higher prize,” the editorial board wrote, insinuating that Cruz’s bigger goal is to sit in the Oval Office.
The Chronicle railed on Cruz and used quotes from some of his Republican colleagues to make bigger blows:
“‘Lucifer in the flesh,’ is how Republican former House Speaker John Boehner described Cruz, adding: ‘I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life.’
Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina, famously said: ‘If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.'”
The Chronicle noted that even though O’Rourke is running on a national progressive platform, he tailors a lot of his policies to Texans. “Representing a congressional district that includes Fort Bliss and numerous military retirees, he has focused on improving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with special attention to mental health,” the editorial board wrote.
Overall the Houston Chronicle believes O’Rourke is needed to combat President Donald Trump, who hasn’t seen much pushback from Cruz since Cruz dropped out of the presidential race in 2016.
“[O’Rourke] would help to serve as a check on a president who is a danger to the republic. Cruz is unwilling to take on that responsibility.”