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Here's why Ted Cruz isn't in Washington today

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits to speak at the Heritage Foundation January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo: AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

While the Senate remained open for business on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was back in his home state of Texas to attend to a vital civic function: jury duty.

"Reporting for jury duty in Houston: Ted Cruz," tweeted Amanda Carpenter, his communications director.

Carpenter also showed Cruz going through a security station, a tweet that led to extensive commentary on Cruz's decision to wear white socks.

Carpenter later tweeted that she was told by a Texan that when you wear boots, "you can wear whatever socks you like.

People serving with Cruz tweeted that they got to meet with the senator, who is also a potential presidential candidate in 2016:

One last thing…
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