Ted Cruz's wife has admitted that she was the one who suggested he read Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" during his marathon 21-hour speech attacking Obamacare.
Heidi Nelson Cruz revealed in a New York Times profile
that she came up with the children's classic after an aide to her husband had asked her what book he could read to their two young daughters while he was on the floor of the House.
The choice has since come in for criticism as the whole point of the book
is that people should try something before deciding they don't like it.
"When Mr. Cruz’s chief of staff called and asked if she had any suggestions for a bedtime story he could read to their girls — Caroline, 5, and Catherine, 2 — from the Senate floor, she suggested “Green Eggs and Ham,” knowing it was her husband’s favorite," the Times reports in an extensive profile.
The article, published Thursday, gives an insight to a woman maintaining a low profile back home in Houston while her husband's star rises.
It reveals that she did not hesitate when her husband said he wanted to liquidate their entire $1.2 million assets and put them into a long-shot campaign for the Senate. At the time he was polling about 2 percent. "Ted likes to say the margin of error was 3 percent," Mrs. Cruz said.
Mrs. Cruz, who has a Harvard MBA, works as a managing director for Goldman Sachs in Houston, where she and her daughters live while Cruz is in Washington.
"I think it works really well for our family for us both to have careers, and I know what my commitments are to Goldman," Mrs. Cruz, 41, told the Times. "I think it’s also really good for our girls to have me at home with them.”
But her background and job have made her a target of Democrats who complain that while Cruz is trying to eliminate Obamacare, he is covered on his wife's blue-chip health plan through Goldman, where she has worked in investment management for eight years. The coverage is worth at least $20,000 a year, and Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier pointed out comes at no cost to taxpayers.
The topic has been a sore point with liberals, and was brought up during Cruz' long speech on the Senate floor by Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who tried to pin the rookie senator down on where his insurance coverage came from, reports The Huffington Post
But while Mrs. Cruz has a corporate background, she is no stranger to politics. During President George W. Bush's administration, she worked in the US trade representative's office and later in the Treasury Department and National Security Council.
"Ted is very much a visionary," she told The Times. "He is very strategic, and he’s very practical, and he does what needs to be done, not what everybody wants him to do."
The couple met while both working as policy aides for Bush's presidential campaign in 2000. Like his wife, Cruz, 42, was Ivy League-educated, with degrees from Princeton and Harvard Law School, and they began dating within a few days of meeting each other and were married within four months.
A vegetarian, Mrs. Cruz, who was born into a family of Seventh Day Adventist missionaries from San Luis Obispo, Calif. She says she is less "issue driven" than her husband, but supports what he does politically because "he truly believes in it."
As for the future, Mrs. Cruz, hedged. When asked if she could see herself in the White House as first lady, she replied, "Um, I don't think I should answer that."
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