Coloring book featuring Sen. Ted Cruz selling fast
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A coloring book featuring tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz has become a hot-selling item in the U.S. this holiday season.
The cover features the beaming senator, a Texan who galvanized right-wingers during the budget fight that partially shut down the federal government in October. He points to a tea plant with leaves that say “Gun rights,” ″Free Enterprise,” and “Lower Taxes.” At the very top is a leaf reading “White House.”
Cruz, who only took office in January but is frequently mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential contender, is an ardent supporter of the right to own firearms. The book shows him hunting, among other activities.
It is already in its third printing after just six days, said Wayne Bell, the founder of Really Big Coloring Books Inc., which published the book. The first run of around 10,000 sold out in barely 24 hours, and the second went nearly as fast.
“At this point, I would almost call it a phenomenon,” Bell said.
The book also features Cruz’s marathon, 21-hour speech on the Senate floor days before the shutdown, when he railed against President Barack Obama’s health care law. It says of that effort: “A lot of the career establishment politicians are far too out of shape, old or overweight to even perform such a magnificent feat.”
“U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz to the Future” is intended for “all ages.” Cruz did not cooperate in its production.
Bell said his company has received some offensive and even threatening calls since the book’s debut. It also produced a top-selling 2008 coloring book on Obama’s inauguration, though a second edition produced in 2012 flopped.