“I don’t know Mr. King,” Cruz replied. “I’ve never met him to be honest. I don’t think I’d ever heard of him until he started getting on television attacking me … He’s welcome to express his opinions and he is entitled to them. I think there are far too many politicians in Washington in both parties that spend their time attacking each other rather than focusing on the substance”
King is currently one of the longest serving members of the House having first been elected in 1992. He recently served as Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
While he might not be a household name, he is powerful enough that other members of Congress or anyone working on national policy should be aware of who he is. After all, the main job of members of the legislative branch is to negotiate legislation with other members. Knowing who other members of Congress are and where they stand on issues is a critical part of the job. Without this very basic information there is no way to effectively do your assigned task.
If after a year in Congress you aren’t even aware of the other members you are required to work with, either you don’t care about your actual job or are really bad at it.
Cruz seems to thinks this is an asset for advancing his personal goals, and sadly he might be right.
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