Ted Cruz will abandon principle, he will abandon conservative values for expediency, and you're seeing it again, only more dangerous. — Rick Tyler, a former spokesman on Cruz's presidential campaign
Ted Cruz will abandon principle, he will abandon conservative values for expediency, and you're seeing it again, only more dangerous. — Rick Tyler, a former spokesman on Cruz's presidential campaign
Ted Cruz's former staffers say they are 'disgusted' by his role in the US Capitol insurrection and his unflinching support of Trump, report says
  • At least six of Sen. Ted Cruz's former aides have expressed their disgust at the recent actions of their former boss, according to New York Magazine's Intelligencer.
  • Ted Cruz is under fire for spreading election misinformation, objecting to the results of the 2020 election being certified, and having fundraised during the US Capitol insurrection.
  • Democratic lawmakers have called for Cruz to resign or to be removed from office.
  • His former staffers believe that the senator has deserted his conservative values, Intelligencer reported.
This behavior, which has included peddling election misinformation, leading the objection to the Electoral college certification, and sending out a fundraising email while a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol, has left a soured the impression of those who have previously worked for him.

One former aide told Intelligencer: "Most of Cruzworld is pretty disgusted."

Another told the magazine: "Everyone is upset with the direction things have gone, and the longer they've been with the senator, the more distaste they are expressing."

... One former aide explained: "Personally, it's painful. It sucks. We've always backed him because the country deserves principled conservative leadership … I'd say he got unlucky the Capitol was stormed by a mob, but in reality, he placed himself at the political mercy of others."

Another former staffer, Amanda Carpenter, told Intelligencer: "I could never have imagined that he could have gone down this road."

Carpenter added that she was shocked that her former boss would "potentially cancel votes in a way that defied any standards of federalism and constitutionalism."

... Rick Tyler, a former spokesman on Cruz's presidential campaign, told Intelligencer that this a sign of his political opportunism. He said: "Ted Cruz will abandon principle, he will abandon conservative values for expediency, and you're seeing it again, only more dangerous."