Ted Cruz leaves DC restaurant after encountering protesters
A Houston restaurant wants to make sure U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz knows he’s welcome to eat there — and he won’t be heckled.
This comes a week after Cruz and his wife, Heidi, left an Italian restaurant in Washington, D.C., after their booth was swamped by people chanting “We believe survivors.”
“We are a welcoming place for all political candidates,” George’s Pastaria posted on Facebook. “So come on in . ... Bring your appetite and a sense of humor.”
Restaurant owners, disappointed at how the state’s junior senator was treated at the D.C. restaurant, recently put up a new message on their marquee.
“Ted Cruz You Can Eat Here.”
Cruz faces Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso in a fierce Texas-size election battle.
This fight for the U.S. Senate seat has become one of the costliest and most watched races across the country, as many wonder if O’Rourke can do what no other Democrat has done for more than two decades in Texas: win a statewide office.
Last week, a video was circulated on social media showing a woman talking to Cruz about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, asking how he planned to vote regarding his potential confirmation.
The unidentified woman told Cruz that she was a survivor and had a right to know how he will vote on Kavanaugh, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, according to the video posted by Smash Racism DC on Twitter.
“God bless you, ma’am,” Cruz responded.
After protesters nearly surrounded their booth, it became clear they were not going to stop anytime soon. So Cruz stood up, put his jacket back on and left the restaurant with his wife.
“Not right that Senator Cruz and his wife Heidi were surrounded and forced to leave a restaurant last night because of protesters,” O’Rourke tweeted after the incident. “The Cruz family should be treated with respect.”
They will be in Houston, at George’s Pastaria, the restaurant’s co-owner Rene Reed told KHOU11.
In fact, there’s a motto at the restaurant: “Be Nice or Leave.”
And owners noted that Cruz, O’Rourke — anyone, really — is welcome at their restaurant.
“It’s important to say that we don’t let politics influence where we go out to eat or who we welcome into our dining room,” George’s Pastaria noted in a second Facebook post. “That is who we are.”