Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?

Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), holds a plastic hand grip in front of a picture of a hunting rifle as he questions NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (not in photo) about the effect of proposed gun control legislation during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013.(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Senator Ted Cruz, (R-TX), holds a plastic hand grip in front of a picture of a hunting rifle as he questions NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre (not in photo) about the effect of proposed gun control legislation during a hearing held by the Senate Judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington January 30, 2013.(REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended his aggressive, in-your-face style that already is raising eyebrows in Washington and has led a Senate Democrat to suggest his tactics reminded her of McCarthyism.

“Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don’t like what they’re saying,” Cruz told reporters on a visit to a Texas gun manufacturer. “I have to admit I find it amusing that those in Washington are puzzled when someone actually does what they said they would do.”

Employees at LaRue Tactical near Austin cheered the senator enthusiastically during his appearance.

Cruz, 42, raised eyebrows in Washington by aggressively criticizing former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.

Cruz angered lawmakers in both parties by suggesting, without giving evidence, that Hagel might have taken money from countries such as communist North Korea.

In comments published in the New York Times on Saturday, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California compared Cruz’s accusations about Hagel to those made by former Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s in his hunt for communists.

“It was really reminiscent of a different time and place, when you said, ‘I have here in my pocket a speech you made on such and such a date,’ and of course, nothing was in the pocket,” Boxer said, according to the Times. “It was reminiscent of some bad times.”

On Tuesday, Cruz said he worried that his concerns about Hagel – such as what he sees as Hagel’s refusal to answer certain questions about financial disclosure – were getting lost in the focus on Cruz’s style.

“Washington is a rough-and-tumble place, and I certainly don’t mind if some will take shots at me,” said Cruz, who has been unusually assertive for a freshman senator. “What I do think is unfortunate is if the coverage of the political game overshadows the substance.”

Cruz’s appearance at the gun manufacturer came as Obama, a Democrat, pursues gun-control measures following the December 14 massacre of 20 children and six adults by a gunman at a Connecticut elementary school.

At LaRue Tactical, which makes semiautomatic rifles for civilians and also makes guns for the military, marketing director Mark Fingar said Cruz was a “no-nonsense senator.”

“He’s our type of guy,” Fingar said.

In a noisy room at LaRue where machines that make molds were whirring, Cruz said stripping Americans of their right to defend their families would not prevent violent crime and that he wants to see efforts focused on deterring and punishing criminals. He accused Obama and Democrats in Congress of taking advantage of the Connecticut school shooting.

“In Washington, there is no liberty that I think is more in the targets right now than our (U.S. Constitution’s) Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Cruz said.

Obama is asking lawmakers to approve “common-sense” gun control measures such as expanded background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons.
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2 Responses to "Right-winger Ted Cruz: Another Joe McCarthy?"

  1. Bob McDonald  February 20, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Too bad, Mark Fingar, you aren’t his only constituent, you idiot. He’s costing Texas their own funds already with his idiot behavior. He then justifies any flack by dismissing any criticism as just a sign they don’t like what he’s doing. Well, duh. He’s a crack pot ideologue not unlike Joe McCarthy and its freaks like him that are to blame for me bailing on the GOP. They want to talk about constituents, but the only constituents they care about are the ones who agree with him. He doesn’t represent Texas, he represents, Mark Fingar and the other cronies like him who can’t wait to sell you more firepower to kill others with. Goddamn mongrels.

    Shows how proud those idiot Texans are that love Cruz. He’s not a Texan. He’s a carpetbagger who will ruin your state. He’ll never get a bill passed and he doesn’t care if you know that.

  2. Richard  February 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I agree totally with Chris Matthews who simply and directly “nailed down” Ted with this quote:

    “But the tactics, you know, I watched him in those hearings and I saw Joe McCarthy. I saw the way he was prosecuting the case, the way he was putting up evidence, innuendo, guilt by association.”

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