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Houston newspaper takes back Ted Cruz endorsement

The Houston Chronicle does not have a no-take-backsies policy.
Posted By Caroline Lee Follow @cmlee Contact the Author   |   Oct. 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
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The conservative Houston Chronicle -- the newspaper that ran a critical endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz during his campaign -- has taken back the endorsement.

The editorial board of the paper ran an un-endorsement Tuesday evening called "Why we miss Kay Bailey Hutchison." In the column, they wrote the following.

“One reason we particularly believe that Hutchison would make a difference in these hectic days is that if she had kept her seat, Cruz would not be in the Senate.

When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation -- that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator.

Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”

The paper's original endorsement included a warning-turned-prophecy about where Cruz might fail as Senator -- a caveat from Hutchison herself.

"The good news is that Ted Cruz is smart, very smart, and wants to be effective,” Hutchison said. “He’s going to have to choose early between being loyal to [Sen.] Jim DeMint [R-S.C.] and [Sen.] Mike Lee [R-Utah] and the needs of the people of Texas.”

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