The Washington Times - October 16, 2013, 09:50AM

The Houston Chronicle has published an opinion article that pines for the days when Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison represented Texas, offering up a harsh rebuke of her successor, Sen. Ted Cruz.

“We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary,” the Chronicle wrote. “Neither sitting Texas senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it.”

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“When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation — that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator,” the Chronicle wrote. “Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”