UPDATE, 3:45 p.m. ET -- The Chronicle emailed the following statement to The Huffington Post Wednesday afternoon, clarifying that the op-ed was a "tribute" to Hutchison, and not a pull of the Cruz endorsement.
Originally Posted by JDs tees
Our editorial today offered tribute to the statesman-like ways of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. We did not pull our endorsement of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Our references to Cruz served to provide context to the Hutchison tribute by emphasizing her ability to reach across the aisle when necessary. When we endorsed Cruz in October 2012, we also pointed to Hutchison as an exemplary role model for Texas lawmakers in Washington and suggested that he emulate the Texas statesmen who had come before him. Our editorial today simply referred back to that recommendation. It is not unusual, and certainly not extraordinary, for newspaper editorial boards to constructively reflect on the tenures of elected officials whom the panel has endorsed and criticize their performances when we deem it necessary. Our evaluation of elected officials’ work is an active, ongoing process. An endorsement does not preclude sharp criticism.