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Cruz says he will run for re-election in 2018

Oh, goody.

Not Ted Cruz

Not Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is officially running for re-election in 2018.

Cruz filed paperwork Wednesday afternoon to seek a second term, adding some clarity to his political future just over a week after he ended his presidential campaign.

“Heidi and I feel incredibly privileged to have made the run for president and be part of an incredible grassroots movement,” Cruz said in a statement. “I will continue fighting for jobs, freedom and security in the Senate for 27 million Texans and all Americans across this great country.”

While Cruz could change his mind, the announcement puts to rest some speculation that he would sit out a second term to prepare for a comeback bid for the White House in 2020. In any case, he is not expected to face a serious Republican challenge for his seat in 2018.

Kind of goes without saying that (barring anything unexpected) that’s all he has to worry about, unfortunately. Perhaps the time wasn’t right for him to jump on the wingnut gravy train just yet. The main thing to say here is aimed at all of the pundits and Texas-based newspaper editorial writers: Please don’t embarrass yourself by writing some earnest, heartfelt article urging Cruz to put his nose to the grindstone and do the work of, you know, actually representing Texas in the Senate, and especially don’t humiliate yourself by invoking the name of past Senators like LBJ or KBH. If you haven’t figured out by now that this is who and what Ted Cruz is, and that he’s no more likely to do what you implore than I am to be on the men’s beach volleyball team in the 2020 Olympics, then you really need to find another line of work, because you lack the first clue about politics. Accept the reality of the situation and move on to something productive, please. It’s for your own good.

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  1. Paul Kubosh says:

    “oh goody”

    Made me laugh

  2. Bill Daniels says:

    Maybe Cruz will consider actually doing the job he was hired to do for a bit, before ramping up his re-election campaign? Dare to dream.

  3. Bill Shirley says:

    Here’s hoping for the unexpected.