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Senator Ted Cruz not even a year on the job

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Love him or hate him, Texas Senator Ted Cruz hasn't even wrapped up his first full year on the job and is already being mentioned as a possible republican presidential candidate in 2016.

Lane Lewis chairs the Harris County Democratic Party.

"Ted Cruz has accomplished what he wanted to, which was go from obscurity into national attention," said Lane Lewis, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party.

The attention hasn't been 100 percent positive.

Cruz was in Houston Thursday, but was not available for an interview.

While he spent Halloween night talking to members of the Houston Association of Professional Landmen, dressed as himself, a less flattering portrayal of the politician as "Ted-dy Cruz-er" on the cover of the Austin Chronicle circulated through social media sites like Twitter.

"I thought the majority of people were going to be dressed up as Miley Cyrus this year," Lewis said. " But I can tell you that Ted Cruz is a lot scarier than Miley Cyrus."

Halloween-related Cruz jokes were also a common theme on Twitter, as was a video taken in April of Cruz's father, Rafael, talking about President Obama. The video was first posted on motherjones.com.

"We need to send Barack Obama back to Chicago and (inaudible) back to Kenya," the elder Cruz is heard saying.

The Kenya comment, as well as a comment Ted Cruz made about Nigerian scammers running the President's healthcare website, have ruffled feathers.

Even so, the first year senator has his share of supporters. Many of them packed into a warehouse to welcome Cruz back to Houston last week, applauding his efforts during the government shutdown. And an article in the Washington Post says Cruz will make his first late night television appearance next month on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The article also mentions the presidential rumor, but Lewis isn't worried.

"I think Ted Cruz does nothing to help the Republican Party and everything to help the Democrats," he said.

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