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Cruz's unilateralism a new force as party loyalty falters

Hard to control: 'He has an independent source of money and direct access to the media'

(Bloomberg) Ted Cruz didn’t come quietly into the U.S. Senate. The freshman from Texas feuded with Senator John McCain. He stole the spotlight by chatting with a swarm of reporters when Republican leader Mitch McConnell took to the floor to end the government shutdown. He calls his party’s establishment encrusted and entrenched.

And he’s just getting started.

Cruz, 42, marks the rise of an era of the unilateral politician in Washington, one who doesn’t rely on a party for money, platform or structure.

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