Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday GOP rallies around Manchin, Sinema McConnell gets GOP wake-up call MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday called Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (D-Minn.) "obnoxious and insulting" for focusing on Cruz for an entire chapter of his new book.
"Al is trying to sell books and apparently he's decided that being obnoxious and insulting me is good for causing liberals to buy his books," Cruz told Politico. "I wish him all the best."
Franken said he considered Cruz "singularly dishonest and smarmy” during a USA Today interview about his new book, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate." The Cruz-focused chapter is titled “Sophistry."
"You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz,” Franken told USA Today’s Susan Page.
A page of the book circulating on Twitter reveals a time when the former "Saturday Night Live" comedian stepped in when Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Minn.) was struggling to write a joke about Cruz for a Gridiron event.
According to the excerpt, Franken told a version of the joke in front of Cruz that called him "full of shit" as part of the punchline.
Franken reportedly told USA Today he published the personal accounts because Cruz first breached Senate protocol when he accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden signs bill to raise debt ceiling On The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights MORE (R-Ky.) of lying in 2015.