In May, Cruz signed a letter to a dozen other GOP Senators urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold the Senate in the "Nights and Weekends" session and cancel the August break.
Two weeks ago, a frustrated McConnell privately briefed the GOP senators on absenteeism.
On Tuesday, Cruz missed half a dozen appeals to confirm a federal judge, a Federal Reserve governor, and other posts. None was controversial or close. He also missed the vote last week, including a vote on a topic he cares about to invalidate the planned parenting.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the Senate majority spokesman, defended Cruz for leaving work in Washington
"We've achieved much we could not have done" if the Senate had not been in session in August. He noted that the GOP and Democrats had reached an agreement to ratify about 1
"We really had no close voices related to the presence or absence of a single senator," Cornyn said. "I trust that Senator Cruz will make decisions in the best interest of his campaign and service, and I do not believe that the fact that he did not stand here for one or two votes influenced the outcome of those matters." O Rourke, 45, was arrested twice in El Paso during his 20s: 1995 for attempted burglary and 1998 for alcohol abuse.
He said that the arrest took place after he had triggered a jumping alert at the University of Texas in El Paso. The prosecution refused to pursue this case. He was sued for his negligent arrest and was not convicted.
"There is no excuse and there is nothing I could say except that it was very stupid of me and I showed really bad judgment, bad judgment." he told earlier this year the Dallas Morning News . "It was something I did, and I hope I've been able to contribute to this community over these 20 years, but there's no excuse for that."
The Republicans are not the first to use the arrests against them. Winning a convention center in 2012 meant overcoming a long-standing Democratic incumbent in primary education. Silvestre Reyes, a former sector chief of the Border Police, introduced the arrests of his challenger in commercials and on the stump and warned that he was untrustworthy, along with O's Rourke's desire to legalize marijuana.