The 2016 presidential race just saw another bizarre twist that is fairly unprecedented, except for maybe Hillary Clinton telling us in 1992 that we would be getting two for the price of one (the other half of that was her horndog consort, Bill). One side of the contentious fight for the Republican nomination – the Ted Cruz camp, although not the actual campaign – used a picture of Donald Trump’s wife from a spread she did for the magazine GQ in 2000 – before they were married – in an ad aimed at religious voters who might have an issue with a first lady who has posed in the nude in the past. Being the sort of man he is, Trump became the enraged husband and tweeted a threat to Ted Cruz.
It is no secret that Melania Trump, an immigrant from what was at the time Yugoslavia where she grew up in a communist style concrete apartment, was once a supermodel. (She’s also fluent in five languages, which is no small feat.) That is absolutely out in the open. It is also out in the open that she is staying off the campaign trail largely to stay at home with their son Barron who is now ten. It has been reported that in person, Mrs. Trump is most gracious and even wants her husband to tone down the bad boy act that has brought him success so far. (Truthfully, if he is elected, Trump will act the proper part, never fear.)
Heidi Cruz, on the other hand, is rarely discussed outside of the now blacklisted Republican/conservative sites and pundits. On those sites, there are some things about Heidi that are common knowledge. What is readily available for anyone to discover:
- Heidi grew up a Seventh Day Adventist in San Luis Obispo, California.
- She graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1994 and studied abroad while she was there
- In 1995, she received a Masters of European Business from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium
- Moved to New York as a young woman
- Attended and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2000
- Worked on George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign which is where she met Ted who was also working for that campaign (They married in 2001.)
- Was a deputy to U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Zoellick, focusing on economic policy during W’s administration
- Also during W’s administration, worked her way into being director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council under National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in 2003
- In 2005, Heidi took a job as a private wealth manager at Goldman Sachs in Texas to be near Ted who was the solicitor general for the state at that time.
Currently, Heidi is on leave from her job as Region Head for the Southwest Region in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs in Houston in order to be with Ted on the campaign trail where she is the head of the class when it comes to fundraising.
Aside from all of the actual establishment connections here for someone who is supposed to be looking in from the outside, there is one known incident in Heidi’s past that has to do with depression, something that has been admitted. There is a police report from Austin in 2005 that talks about Heidi being in a psychotic state where a police officer thought she was a danger to herself. That was before their daughters, Caroline (2008) and Catherine (2011) were born, and is described as a difficult time for the family.
None of this really adds up to much on “spilling the beans” other than a lot of it is not household knowledge, however, one of Heidi’s statements about her marriage is rather curious.
“If you can marry somebody that is complementary to your business, it’s great networking,” she once said about her marriage.
Heidi Cruz is described as the consummate political spouse, as she is very bright and very driven and very good at getting people to open their checkbooks. (Which might be why she reminds this writer of Pat Nixon.) So that begs the question: what beans are there to spill? Heidi herself said there is nothing there. Well, other than working for Goldman Sachs, having been part of the W administration, and a few other tidbits.
As it happens, since the ad that used a very famous cover of GQ to try to reach highly religious voters right before a primary was put out by a political action committee and not the actual Cruz campaign, it would have been a better move for Ted Cruz to apologize and distance himself from it. In that case, the incident would have died. At this point, a whole lot of us are wondering what the beans are that Trump is threatening to spill.