HOUSTON (CBS Houston/AP) — The Houston Chronicle is regretting backing Sen. Ted Cruz.

In an op-ed posted Tuesday, the Chronicle states that the Tea Party darling has been “part of the problem” after taking over Kay Bailey Hutchison’s Senate seat.

“When we endorsed Ted Cruz in last November’s general election, we did so with many reservations and at least one specific recommendation – that he follow Hutchison’s example in his conduct as a senator,” the Chronicle wrote. “Obviously, he has not done so. Cruz has been part of the problem in specific situations where Hutchison would have been part of the solution.”

The Chronicle believes Hutchison would still be in the Senate today – and not Cruz – if she ran for re-election.

“We miss her extraordinary understanding of the importance of reaching across the aisle when necessary,” the Chronicle wrote. “Neither sitting Texas senator has displayed that useful skill, and both the state and the Congress are the poorer for it.”

When the Chronicle originally endorsed Cruz in 2012, they called him “young, smart, telegenic.”

“We expect Cruz as the senator from the Lone Star State to spend his energies standing up for Texans of every background and economic station, representing their best interests from health care and education to energy, space and medicine,” the Chronicle said at the time.

Cruz said Wednesday he won’t delay a vote on a bipartisan budget deal that will reopen the government and avoid a financial default.

Cruz had forced the shutdown by demanding that President Barack Obama gut his health care law in exchange for a bill to keep the government running.

He told reporters that he would vote against the bipartisan bill but wouldn’t use Senate delaying tactics to stall the legislation.

The Texas senator has won praise from the Tea Party and other conservatives for his actions.

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