In newly obtained video by Cook’s Outlook, Congressman Tom Cotton makes it clear he believes he and Senator Ted Cruz are two peas in the same pod.  You can watch the full four-minute video at the bottom of this post.

During a May speech before the New York City Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, Cotton said we need more people like Ted Cruz in the U.S. Senate. Texas Senator Ted Cruz was the architect of the Republican government shutdown strategy that cost taxpayers $24 billion and accomplished absolutely nothing.

At the 1:50 mark of the video, Cotton waxes poetic on how he strives to be more like Ted Cruz:

“Well, it means there aren’t enough of us in Congress. We need more. And you can see just over the last four months what a guy like Ted Cruz has been able to do in the United States Senate. Two years ago, you could see what a guy like Mike Lee has been able to do in the United States Senate. Although we’re not quite as high profile as senators are, that’s what people like me, people like Ron DeSantis, people like Jim Jordan in the House try to accomplish as well, whether it’s on TV or whether it’s working inside the conference. What does that mean? It means we need to get more people like that elected.”

It’s downright scary Tom Cotton looks up to Ted Cruz and sees himself as an ally of the Texas Senator.

Cruz was a ringleader in the Republicans’ failed shutdown strategy.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

“Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was an architect of the strategy leading to the shutdown. It started Oct. 1 after Cruz and House members allied with the Tea Party movement that demanded defunding, delaying or otherwise sidelining the Affordable Care Act as the price for Democrats to pay to keep all of the federal government open past the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.”

Tom Cotton, and his fellow House Republicans, blindly followed Ted Cruz’s shutdown strategy, causing needless havoc with America’s economy.

In the video, Cotton accidentally admits something I’ve previously criticized him for, which is he seems to care more about getting his face on national television that taking of his constituents.

Cotton’s quote: “Although we’re not quite as high profile as senators are that’s what people like me, people like Ron DeSantis, people like Jim Jordan in the House try to accomplish as well, whether it’s on TV or whether it’s working inside the conference.”

It’s long been said there are basically two types of Congressman: Show Horses and Work Horses. Show Horses work hard to get publicity, but do little legislative work. Work Horses focus on doing the legislative work and don’t focus on getting press.

Tom Cotton, like his hero Ted Cruz, is a Congressional Show Horse. Both took the oath of office in January and neither has accomplished anything except for either pontificating on national television or from the well of the Congress.

Tom Cotton believes we need more people like Cruz in the Senate, but after Cruz’s reckless strategy cost us $24 billion, America can’t afford another one like him. Which means we can’t afford to have Tom Cotton in the Senate.

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