The perils of being a competitive Republican presidential contender amass.
While there’s good reason to question whether the possible mental health issues of a candidate’s wife is appropriate campaign fodder, Ted Cruz and wife Heidi have dealt with the matter head on.
In a recycle of a story reported by Buzzfeed almost a year ago, The New York Times and Inside Edition have drawn attention this week to an incident in August 2005 when Heidi Cruz was found sitting beside an expressway on-ramp in Texas with her head in her hands — she had recently quit a high-powered job at the White House and moved to Austin to be with her husband.
The responding officer wrote at the time: “I believed that she was a danger to herself.”
In his book “A Time For Truth,” the GOP presidential candidate was open about his wife’s struggles, writing that Heidi’s move to Texas “led to her facing a period of depression.”
Now a mother of two daughters — Catherine and Caroline, aged four and seven, respectively — Heidi has rebounded from that night, but has not run away from it.
Mrs. Cruz declined to discuss the details, but she told The Times it was a one-time occurrence that she regards in a positive light.
“I don’t have years and years of major suffering from this, and I want to use it to strengthen people around me and to recognize that we all have rough patches,” she said.
Citing an unidentified source “familiar with the situation,” BuzzFeed reported that “while Heidi Cruz was not ashamed to talk about her experience… she ultimately decided against it because she didn’t want to minimize the struggle of those who suffer from depression their entire lives by trumpeting her own happy ending.”
After taking a leave of absence from her job as an investment manager for Goldman Sachs, Mrs. Cruz now focuses on raising money for her husband’s presidential campaign, according to Inside Edition.
This may explain the media’s sudden interest in the details of her life some ten years ago… prying the spouses of Democratic candidates seldom endure. Right Bill?
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