'A bad deal'

It appears Republicans Heidi and Ted Cruz are raising a feminist daughter

Heidi Cruz watches her daughters, Caroline (L) and Catherine autograph two Dr. Seuss books during a Super Tuesday watch party for Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), at the Redneck Country Club March 1, 2016 in Stafford, Texas.(Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

Elaina Plott, a correspondent for The Atlantic, is out with an in-depth profile of Heidi Cruz, the wealth management executive and wife of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas. One of the great revelations the story highlights is that it appears the couple is raising a feminist daughter. The piece traces Heidi’s life all the way back to her meeting Ted while they both worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign and their marriage which followed the year after.

Plott digs up all sorts of interesting details about Heidi, including why she and Ted played “It’s a Whole New World” from Aladdin at the end of their wedding. She also recounts an anecdote from the campaign trail in 2015 as Ted was beginning his bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. In March that year, when Ted announced he was running for president, Heidi decided to take an unpaid leave from her job as a managing director at Goldman Sachs in Houston.

But before she made the decision, she ran the idea by the couple’s oldest daughter, Caroline, who was 7 at the time. Heidi explained to Caroline that she’d be taking time off work to “help dad” on the campaign trail. “I tried to articulate, you know, ‘It’s actually for the country, it’s a much bigger project than ourselves.’ And she wanted to know, if we won, was the first lady paid?”

Good question! 

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with his daughter Caroline Cruz, 10, after a debate with Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)

When Heidi told her being first lady does not come with a salary, Caroline replied, “That’s a bad deal for you. We shouldn’t do this,” according to Heidi’s recollection.

Whether they’re explicitly trying to or not, it seems the Cruzes are raising quite the little feminist in young Caroline, who is now 10 and was recently seen after a debate shooting her dad a rather disapproving look — probably the same look she gave him after Heidi left that six-figure job at Goldman to go campaigning with him.

Read the full story at The Atlantic

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