Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has been compared to the Zodiac Killer and the very smushy blobfish. Even his fellow Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) once joked about murdering him.
But his wife? "Everyone loves Heidi," a Houston Democrat told The Atlantic. “Every time I talk to her I think, 'you should be running for office, not your husband.'”
Heidi Cruz and her husband married just a year after working on former President George W. Bush's 2000 campaign together — a time when Ted looked like a "1950s movie star," she told The Atlantic. Ted insisted on playing the Disney classic "A Whole New World" at the ceremony, and has described their life as a "magic-carpet ride" ever since. "Sometimes I'm like, 'I hope we don't hit the cement,'" Heidi said.
Heidi generally "sees eye to eye with her husband on policy," The Atlantic notes. So for her, the hardest part of Cruz's Senate and presidential campaigns, as well as his current stint on the Hill, has been disrupting her expertly-coordinated life plan to be there for him. Heidi loved her first Treasury Department job, but gave it up when her husband became Texas' solicitor general. She again paused her Goldman Sachs job in 2015 when he decided to run for president. Their daughter Caroline even warned Heidi that all this sacrifice might not be worth it.
When President Trump was running his campaign against Cruz, he retweeted an attack on Heidi's appearance. In retrospect, that memory now just leaves her laughing, The Atlantic notes, as does a National Enquirer insinuation that Ted has "five secret mistresses." But when Cruz dropped out of the race in 2016, "I don't know that I even shed a tear," she said. Read more about Heidi Cruz's sometimes-magical life at The Atlantic. Kathryn Krawczyk