“Does anyone else miss Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson?” the paper asked in an editorial Tuesday, referring to Cruz’s predecessor.
The Chronicle endorsed Cruz last year but said it did so with reservations.
“When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation — that he follow Hutchinson’s example in his conduct as a senator.”
The paper praised Hutchinson for her commitment to serving Texans and her willingness to work with colleagues across the aisle.
“Neither sitting Texan senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it.”
Texas’s senior senator is Republican John Cornyn, a member of the GOP leadership.
The paper noted that it had endorsed Republican David Dewhurst, the state's lieutenant governor, in the primary against Cruz. It said it believed he would have been more amenable to following Hutchison's example but that it was now not sure given positions he has recently taken.