The freshman Democrat took a page out of rapper Kanye West’s playbook when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards in 2009.
Ted Cruz, Ima let you finish but... pic.twitter.com/zDSNK8HrAX— Mark Takano (@RepMarkTakano) September 24, 2013
Cruz has launched an hours-long speech Tuesday on the Senate floor ahead of a vote to fund the government through the end of the year. Davis boosted her profile earlier this year by filibustering a bill in the Texas state House against a restrictive abortion bill.
The government will shutdown on Oct. 1 if no bill is passed and signed by President Obama.
A few Democrats have taken to twitter to blast Cruz’s effort.
Ted Cruz said he would go to Washington and change Washington. He has -- he's made it worse.— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) September 24, 2013
Cruz has split with GOP leadership in the Senate about voting against a bill that Republicans ultimately supports because of a procedural disagreement.
But he has received encouragement from a number of Republicans on Twitter, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who held his own marathon filibuster in March.
Paul and two other GOP senators — Mike Lee (Utah) and David Vitter (La.) — joined him briefly on the Senate floor. Even Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gave Cruz support.
— This post was updated at 5:35 p.m.