Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) should "at least avoid the stench of hypocrisy."

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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Kerry easily wins Senate vote for secretary of State," Jan. 30

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) claims Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is "anti-military" and is therefore unfit to serve as secretary of State.

In so doing, Cruz, who never served in uniform, joins a not-very-exclusive group known as the "chicken hawks." These are folks whose enthusiasm for war and all things military does not extend to their own service. Some members who may be familiar to Cruz are Dick Cheney, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.

It might have been wiser for Cruz to have emulated Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma and admit that he wouldn't vote for Kerry because he's a liberal. While petty and obstructionist, this would at least avoid the stench of hypocrisy.

Kevin Smith

Newbury Park

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