Sharp Words From Business

22 October 2013 |permalink | email article

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donahue had some specific suggestions for Ted Cruz, the Tea Party’s newest star, on Monday. Donahue said he didn’t know Cruz, but watching the Texas senator from the perspective of someone who watches tennis, “if you’re going to run to the net all the time, you better have a lot of moves to the right and left, and I haven’‘s seen that yet.” Whatever one thinks of Cruz he has accomplished an extraordinary feat in capturing national attention after only eight months in the senate. Cruz has a whole new playbook and working with his colleagues in the senate, or with the GOP’s traditional allies in the business community, like Donahue, is not a strategy that Cruz is endorsing. But his apostasy is not enough to shake the Chamber’s backing for the Republican-led the House as a bulwark against one party-government with a Democrat in the White House and a Democrat-led senate. “We will spend what it takes.” Donahue should measure his words very carefully.

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