It's happened. Ted Cruz, mere months after joining the U.S. Senate, has transcended grubby terrestrial politics and ascended into the realm of celebrity.
Want proof? This puff piece by People magazine should provide all you need.
In it, we learn that Cruz is a "self-described 'movie buff,'" wears black, ostrich-skin "arguing boots," and played both Rolfe and Max in school productions of The Sound of Music. But most of all, we learn what Texas' junior Senator has been doing since he more or less single-handedly brought the government to a screeching halt.
He's a family man. With federally funded attractions closed, Cruz spent the weekend apple-picking and touring Mount Vernon - which is privately-run and operated and therefore not subject to the shutdown - with his wife, Heidi, and daughters, Caroline, 5, and Catherine, 2. "We picked a whole bunch of apples and had a lot of fun," Cruz says.
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