Will Ted Cruz Become a Washington Insider?

Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser for the Tea Party darling last Thursday, and U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn attended.
Tue September 18, 2012 2:48 am
AP Photo | Charlie Neibergall

Tea Party darling Ted Cruz, who packaged himself as the anti-establishment candidate in the GOP primaries, held a $5,000-a-plate fundraiser in Washington Thursday that featured appearances by Senate Minority Leader Mitchell McConnell as well as Texas’s two sitting Senators. (Those not eager to shell out $5,000 for dinner could pay $1,000 to attend just the reception.)

Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News notes that Cruz, as the GOP nominee for U.S. Senate, is now “rubbing elbows with folks at the very heart of that establishment,” a move which reflects “mutual interests and a willingness on all sides to find accommodation.”

Does this suggest Cruz is on his way to becoming a Washington insider, i.e. the very label he applied to Lt. Gov. David

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