Tail Gunner Ted Cruz likes to present himself as ‘just one of the guys’, a spokesman for the common man, looking out for their well being and standing up to the monied interests who have financed his political career.
It has recently come to light that Ted ‘forgot’ to disclose an offshore investment worth $100,000. He says that he had forgotten the Jamaican private equity firm which he had formed with his college roommate David Panton in 1998.
According to a report by Massimo Calabresi of Time magazine, “Cruz says he failed to include the promissory note among his assets on his first financial disclosure in July 2012 when he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate because he had forgotten about it. “In 2011, there was an inadvertent omission of this promissory note, and after a conversation with my college roommate I remembered it,” Cruz says. Cruz’s initial filing was made in the heat of his campaign. He was fined $200 for filing the document late.
Wow! That $200 must really sting! Especially since poor put upon Ted is just a common man.
Panton, unlike most who knew Ted during his college years, is hesitant to comment on this partnership or his connection to Cruz.
Others who knew him in college have no such qualms about talking about the man that they knew in school. One of the most common terms used to describe him is ‘pompous a**hole’. He is also referred to as elitist, refusing, at Harvard Law to associate with anyone who went to what he referred to as the “minor ivies”.
Shortly after arriving at Harvard, Ted announced that he was forming a study group and that only those with the highest GPAs and who had attended Yale, Harvard or Princeton could apply for membership.
Josh Marshall, editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com attended Princeton at the same time as Ted and says that while his wife who also did her undergraduate work at Princeton remembers him well.
She used words like “abrasive,” “arrogant,” “intense” and “strident.” Many used more colorful language to describe him, words such as “immense a**hole” or “total raging a**hole.”
In short this seems to be simply a continuation of Tail Gunners long time demeanor, a sense of superiority and entitlement, hardly the image of populist hero that he has laid claim to.
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